News short: 1 sent to hospital after 2-vehicle collision

A Ford is towed from the scene of an accident on Green Springs Drive, Washington, Utah, Dec. 4, 2014 | Photo by Brett Brostrom, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY – A woman was taken to the hospital Thursday morning following a two-car collision at the intersection of Green Springs Drive and Red Cliffs Drive in Washington City.

At about 9:49 a.m., the St. George Communications Center received a report of an accident in which two vehicles had collided at the intersection. A 19-year-old woman driving a red Ford passenger vehicle was traveling north on Green Springs Drive and was trying to turn west onto Red Cliffs Drive. The other vehicle, a brown Cadillac, was traveling south on Green Springs Drive through a green light when the Ford turned in front of it, causing the Cadillac to broadside the Ford.

Damage to the front bumper of the Cadillac involved in the accident on Green Springs Drive, St. George, Utah
Damage to the front bumper of the Cadillac involved in an accident on Green Springs Drive, Washington, Utah, Dec. 4, 2014 | Photo by Brett Brostrom, St. George News

The 19-year-old woman was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George to be evaluated for minor injuries, Washington City Police spokesman Ed Kantor said.

“Fortunately, there were no serious injuries,” Kantor said.

Roads were wet, as rain was falling at the time of the accident, but the rain was not believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.

The 19-year-old woman was cited for failure to yield.

The Washington City Police Department, Washington City Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance all responded to the accident.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • Lindsay December 5, 2014 at 7:43 am

    These decision accidents at intersections like this happen way too often. Why is the turn lane almost always subjected to the yellow arrow where drivers are asked to yield to oncoming traffic, which is usually busy at this intersection, and make critical decisions as when to go? The green protected turn lane arrow should be used more often, especially in busy intersections as this one. Personally, it has been a long time since I have seen the protected green arrow in that turn lane from north bound Green Springs to westbound Red Cliffs. Whomever sets these lights needs to rethink this.

  • modigliani December 5, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I agree. The lights are definitely a big part of the traffic problems here. But my sense is that nobody really wants to have to stop at all. I can think of only one intersection where there’s either a green arrow for left turns or a red light. Every place else it’s a take-your-life-in-your hands free for all after a green arrow that allows maybe three cars to turn left. Does St. George have qualified traffic engineers who consider these problems?

    • My Evil Twin December 5, 2014 at 10:57 am

      I believe they are fully qualified by “local standards.” In other words, they are good old boys who have been working there for years.

    • PROTECT THE SHEEP December 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      I can’t tell you if they’re “qualified” but they’re most certainly worthy. Does that help at all?

  • M and M cookies December 5, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    This intersectin is so dangerous. As the road crisscross, and is confusing, and thn put a teenager behind the wheel with little experience, and POW

  • FREE PARKING December 6, 2014 at 6:41 am

    College graduates designed this mess can you say. Rufund Tuition cuz it ain’t a workin fer em

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