ST. GEORGE – At approximately 10 a.m. Tuesday St. George Police responded to a two-car collision on the east end of St. George Blvd. when a light brown pickup truck collided with a light brown Suburban.
The pickup truck was approaching the west side of the intersection traveling straight, when the suburban, approaching from the east side of the intersection, turned left to get onto Interstate 15.
In giving statements to St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding on scene, both parties and witnesses pointed to their interpretation of the changing traffic lights as the main cause of the accident, with each driver claiming they had the right of way. The pickup also carried two passengers who gave statements.
Although the driver of the truck claimed the light was green and then yellow, the driver of another car traveling in the same direction told police the light had already turned red; that driver had in fact stopped as the pickup truck entered the intersection.
“Driver number 1 in the pickup said ‘no, i think my light was green,'” Harding said, “So I asked him, ‘green? really? This guy’s saying red,'” referring to the driver of the other car.
“He didn’t know what the color the light was,” Harding said. “Then I turned to the other two guys who didn’t speak english very well – they both said no rojo rojo, amarillo. … and at first the driver said verde; so I think the driver got the color yellow from the two passengers because he told me he didn’t see the color of the light – there’s no way he went through on a green light.”
The driver of the pickup truck was cited for running a red light, based upon witness statements offered the officer investigating the accident.
All parties involved were local. None required immediate medical attention, and both vehicles were towed inoperable.
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