Parked trailer obscures stop sign, driver says; 1 injured in collision

HURRICANE – A woman was taken to the hospital Saturday morning following a two-vehicle collision on 600 North in Hurricane that the driver cited attributes to a parked trailer blocking his ability to see the stop sign.

Around 8:33 a.m., Hurricane Police officers were alerted to an accident at the intersection of 600 North and 2600 West. A 2003 Dodge Durango had collided with a 2004 Ford F-150, Hurricane Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said.

According to the investigation into the accident, Buell said, the Durango, driven by a 61-year-old man, was northbound on 2600 West and ran past a stop sign, colliding with the eastbound F-150 truck on 600 North.

The F-150 truck was driven by a 51-year-old woman accompanied by a 55-year-old male passenger. The woman had minor injuries and was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George by Hurricane Valley Fire District ambulance, Buell said.

The F-150 truck’s passenger and the Durango’s driver were unharmed in the collision, he said.

The driver of the Durango, who later identified himself as Jon Otten, was issued a citation for failing to stop at the stop sign. However, he said he didn’t see the stop sign in time due to a construction trailer being parked ahead of the sign and obstructing his view of it.

“It’s so big it completely obscures the stop sign,” Otten said.

Though parked near the intersection, the trailer was not set up in front of the red line on the curb that marks a no-parking zone.

While it may be legal for the trailer to be there, Otten said, that doesn’t make it safe.

Both the F-150 truck and the Durango had to be towed from the scene.

Another vehicle accident occurred at the same intersection on Dec. 10, Buell said. In that case, though, the collision resulted from a driver’s failure to yield to oncoming traffic and was not related to the stop sign.

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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  • ladybugavenger December 19, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Paint the pavement with STOP. Or does this cause an English/Spanish conflict? haha.

    • .... December 19, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Do they have Braille stop signs for the blind ?

  • DB December 19, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I see the Durango driver’s point. I also don’t see any pavement markings that would have helped. You’re not supposed to park within 30 feet of a stop sign, traffic signal, etc. On the other hand, if the driver has lived on that street for a number of years, that would be a whole other thing!

  • .... December 19, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    go go Gadget multi lingual stop sign.!

  • RealMcCoy December 19, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    If that is the drivers logic, he must be an open-book test graduate.
    That street he drove north on is in no way the main road through. The break in the double yellow line indicates that 600 north is the right-of-way road.
    Trailer or not, there has always been a stop sign there.
    Officers say the trailer was legally parked anyways, so stop looking for excuses and take your ticket like a man.

    • ladybugavenger December 19, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      Ya, take it like a man!

  • .... December 19, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Wow the RealMc…….is a real tough guy isn’t he ? LOL if that was him he would be crying like a baby. Whaaaaaaaaaaa Whaaaaaaaaaaa I couldn’t see the stop sign…..pffffffft keyboard warrior. !

    • ladybugavenger December 19, 2015 at 11:50 pm

      Nice edit job … ( lol, that’s your superhero name … Not me just … ), you don’t need to make Joyce work so hard!

      • ladybugavenger December 19, 2015 at 11:51 pm

        Oh my bad, it’s ….

  • .... December 20, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Well actually its…….but… short for…….or……..but I prefer….

  • htown December 21, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    I didn’t think you could leave a unattached trailer at a intersection in our little town.

    Not sure I read anything from the popo saying it was legal?

    • RealMcCoy December 22, 2015 at 10:56 am

      “Though parked near the intersection, the trailer was not set up in front of the red line on the curb that marks a no-parking zone.
      While it may be legal for the trailer to be there, Otten said, that doesn’t make it safe.”
      Officers on scene did not ticket the owner of the trailer, therefore he was withing the bounds of the law.
      Hope that helps 😉

      • .... December 22, 2015 at 4:47 pm

        Oh wow so says the keyboard lawyer….Take it like a man ! LOL wow ! what a tough guy eh ? LOL !

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