1 sent to hospital after driver fails to yield at Mall Drive-Riverside Drive intersection

Emergency personnel tend to the scene of a two-vehicle crash at Mall Drive and Riverside Drive, St. George, Utah, Feb. 2, 2019 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — One person was sent to the hospital after a crash at the intersection of Mall Drive and Riverside Drive that police say was caused by a driver turning left before the intersection was clear.

A blue Chevrolet has extensive frontal damage after a two-vehicle crash at Mall Drive and Riverside Drive, St. George, Utah, Feb. 2, 2019 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Shortly before 8 p.m., officers and emergency personnel were dispatched to the crash involving a blue Chevrolet four-door and a red passenger car.

The driver of the red passenger car sustained injuries in the crash and was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center by ambulance, while the three occupants in the Chevrolet reported they were uninjured, St. George Police officer Michael Florence said.

After speaking with the drivers and witnesses, officers learned the Chevrolet was heading east on Riverside Drive when the driver pulled into the middle of the intersection to make a left turn as the red passenger car was heading west on the same road, Florence said.

Just as the light for all traffic on Riverside Drive turned yellow, the Chevrolet started into the turn to head north on Mall Drive and was struck by the westbound passenger car as it entered the intersection.

“The driver in the Chevrolet thought that once the turn light stopped blinking she could complete the turn but pulled out instead of waiting for the intersection to clear,” Florence said.

A red passenger car is found several yards from the intersection of Mall Drive and Riverside Drive after a two-vehicle collision, St. George, Utah, Feb. 2, 2019 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

The impact spun both vehicles around in the intersection before the Chevrolet came to rest near the curb on the westbound side of Riverside Drive and the red passenger car ended up on Mall Drive several yards north of the intersection.

The force of the collision deployed the airbags and caused extensive damage to both vehicles, which were subsequently towed from the scene. The driver of the Chevrolet was later cited for failing to yield on a left-hand turn.

St. George Police officers responded to the crash to clear the intersection along with St. George firefighters and Gold Cross paramedics who tended to the scene and transported the injured driver.

This report is based on statements from police and may not contain the full scope of findings. 

  

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