ST. GEORGE – A Honda Civic carrying a family of five, making a left turn across state Route 18, was broadsided by a Jeep Wrangler at 6:15 p.m. today, causing what appeared to be devastating damage to the family car and injuring one person.
The Honda Civic was northbound on SR-18 at mile post 12, between Diamond Valley and Snow Canyon, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Dan Ferguson said. The driver initiated a left turn into the White Rock Overlook in front of a southbound Jeep Wrangler, which hit the Civic broadside.
The Civic was carrying two adults and three children, ages 10, 8 and 6, all wearing seatbelts and airbags deployed, Ferguson said. The Jeep carried only the driver. All parties are local residents.
One person from the Civic was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center, Ferguson said. The responding officer went to the hospital after the fact and found the woman had a minor head injury, because she had hit her head and there was glass breaking inside of the car, he said, and her right arm was injured when the Jeep impacted the Civic on her side.
The Honda Civic was totaled but the Jeep incurred very little damage.
The driver of the Civic was cited for making an unsafe lefthand turn.
“It’s getting to be more and more common on that road,” Ferguson said. “A lot of times you’re in a hurry,” he said, and whether glare from the sun – not a factor in this case – the speeds of travel on the road or other factors, Ferguson said the thing that people tell the UHP on accidents out there again and again is that they didn’t see the other car.
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