ST. GEORGE — A three-vehicle collision on the Dixie Drive overpass to Interstate 15 in St. George Monday morning was attributed to the one in the rear following too closely behind the others – something the police sergeant said causes more than half the accidents he sees in the city.
The accident happened about 9:30 a.m. when vehicles in the eastbound lanes were stopped at the light on the overpass. A man in a white Chevy work truck came up to the light and struck a Chevy Silverado pickup truck, pushing it into the back of a green Honda Accord.
The driver of the white Chevy truck was cited for following too closely, St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding said.
“A little over half our crashes are (caused by) following too close,” Harding said. “A lot of them happen simply because the second vehicle back or the third vehicle back sees the light turn green and he pushes on the gas and he goes, and they’re still stopped. Concentrate on the vehicle in front, nothing else matters.”
The white Chevy sustained front-end damage, the Silverado had front- and rear-end damage and the Honda was heavily damaged in the rear.
All vehicles were able to be driven off of Dixie Drive into the Dixie Convention Center parking lot. The Honda, however, had to be towed from the parking lot.
No one was injured in the accident, Harding said, and all of the drivers were wearing seat belts.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement at the accident scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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