Teen driver cited after causing crash on Main Street during Friday evening traffic

Charcoal gray Audi 5000 involved in accident at 1160 S. Main St., St. George, Utah, Feb. 19, 2016| Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Drivers of two vehicles involved in a crash at 1160 S. Main Street in St. George received minor injuries Friday evening, but their vehicles didn’t fare so well.

Airbags in both cars deployed in the crash with one vehicle receiving extensive front-end damage while the second one was damaged on the driver’s side. Both had to be towed from the scene.

St. George Police Officer David McDaniel said the St. George Communications Center received a call shortly after 5:30 p.m. reporting the t-bone collision that left the vehicles disabled in the roadway.

According to police, the 17-year-old driver of a charcoal gray Audi 5000 began making a left hand turn and pulled out in front of a tan Acura traveling northbound on S. Main Street.

Charcoal gray Audi 5000 extensively damaged as it's loaded onto tow truck after collision, St. George, Utah, Feb. 19, 2016| Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
A charcoal gray Audi 5000 is loaded onto a tow truck after being extensively damaged in a two-car crash Friday, St. George, Utah, Feb. 19, 2016| Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

The driver of the Acura slammed on the brakes attempting to avoid the collision, however there wasn’t enough distance to do so, McDaniel said.

The collision sent the vehicles spinning in the middle of the roadway, with the Acura finally coming to rest near the median and the Audi blocking the southbound lane facing east, he said.

Traffic was partially blocked for nearly a half hour as emergency crews tended to the scene. The teenage driver was cited for failure to yield.

Both drivers received injuries from the airbags and seat belts, but declined transport to the hospital, McDaniel said.

St. George Police Department, St. George Fire Department, and Gold Cross Ambulance 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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