ST. GEORGE – Two people were sent to the hospital Monday after the vehicles they were riding in collided at the intersection of Mall Drive and Riverside Drive in St. George.
Just before 11 a.m., a gray passenger car was traveling west on Riverside Drive when it entered the left turning lane on a yellow light at the Mall Drive intersection. Also moving through the yellow light was an eastbound pickup truck hauling a trailer, St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding said.
“(The driver of the passenger car) thought (the pickup) was going to stop for the yellow light, so she turned left in front of the pickup truck and got T-boned by the pickup truck,” Harding said.
The gray passenger car was driven by an elderly woman, Harding said. Her husband, who was seated on the passenger side of the car, which was hit in the collision, was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center by Gold Cross Ambulance with possible back injuries. The driver, his wife, was uninjured.
The pickup truck was occupied by two adult males who were on their way to a work site. The driver was uninjured while the passenger was taken to the hospital with possible neck and back injuries.
Harding was unable to comment regarding the extent of the injuries sustained by either passenger.
Part of the Riverside Drive/Mall Drive intersection was blocked off for about an hour during cleanup of the collision. Westbound traffic was reduced to one lane, and westbound vehicles were unable to turn south onto Mall Drive during that time.
The woman driving the gray passenger car was cited for failure to yield, Harding said. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
The scene was cleared by 11:55 a.m.
In addition to the St. George Police Department, the St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance also responded to the scene.
Harding said drivers failing to yield to oncoming traffic was a major cause of accidents in 2014 in St. George. In the last year, 2,047 vehicle accidents occurred within city limits, he said. So far, 2015 has seen an estimated 418 accidents.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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