ST. GEORGE – A four-car accident occurred 12:15 p.m. Friday at the intersection of River Road and 1450 South, resulting in transport of one person to the hospital, and severely impeding traffic.
The driver of a Chevy Tahoe SUV began to experience medical issues while traveling westbound on 1450 South Friday, St. George Police Officer Tyrell Bangerter said. The driver crossed into the River Road intersection against a red light and hit the back end of a Dodge pickup. The pickup spun around on impact and lost a load of material it had in the truck bed. The impact took off the tailgate and broke one of the back wheels off the truck’s axle.
The Tahoe next hit a Chevy Traverse SUV that was waiting in the left-turn lane, then hit the broadside of a Honda Accord traveling south through the intersection on a green light. The Accord spun out on impact. Both it and the Tahoe came to rest on the west side of the intersection, Bangerter said.
The driver of the Tahoe was trapped in the SUV and had to be extricated by the St. George Fire Department. The driver was also still experiencing a medical episode of some kind and was transported to Dixie Regional Center. The driver of the Accord sustained what police described as a minor hand injury, though did not require transport by ambulance.
All of the vehicles were severely damaged and required towing. Traffic through the intersection slowed to a crawl. The scene was completely cleared by 1:20 p.m.
The accident is still under investigation, Bangerter said. Police had yet to speak with the driver taken to the hospital about the incident, he said.
Ed. note: This report is based on preliminary information provided by the police and does not contain the full scope of findings yet to be determined.
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