Distracted driver reportedly causes 3-vehicle accident near Bluff Street

St. George Fire Department firefighters mop up spilled fluids from a 2014 Volvo involved in a three-vehicle accident near Bluff Street, June 5, 2018, St. George, Utah | Photo by Ryan Rees, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A distracted driver created a three-car accident on Convention Center Drive at the intersection with Bluff Street Tuesday afternoon, police said

St. George Police officer Andy Mickelson said a white 2004 Volvo struck the back of a Nissan Frontier pushing it into the back of a Toyota Tundra. The two trucks had been traveling together, returning home to Las Vegas from a camping trip to Zion National Park.

There were no reported injuries.

Mickelson said the 21-year-old Volvo driver was distracted when he saw a crash that was narrowly avoided in a parking lot next to the accident scene.

He was cited for careless driving, driving on a suspended license and not having insurance. His vehicle was impounded, according to police.

The St. George Fire Department also responded to the scene.

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

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6 Comments

  • Kilroywashere June 5, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Curious as to the “distraction” charge. Was the driver on a cellphone, or was it something else?

  • comments June 5, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    “Mickelson said the 21-year-old Volvo driver was distracted when he saw a crash that was narrowly avoided in a parking lot next to the accident scene.”

    he saw a crash that was avoided???… huh???

  • Mike P June 6, 2018 at 9:02 am

    I don’t understand. It was a rear-ender ? No left turn involved?

  • Kilroywashere June 6, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks “comments” , so I guess driver was distracted by another potential accident that didn’t occur. How did I miss that. Lol. Once again, I don’t buy the excuse of the driver. Clearly they were distracted – do you think they saw that other near miss potential accident while their cellphone was pressed against their ear? 30-40% chance. Sure the driver didn’t volunteer that info. Right and left brain hemisphere were both distracted at the same time likely cause. On that note my Nissan Frontier was rear ended on Bluff St a month ago. Hit & run. Good truck

    • comments June 6, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      yes, it was likely a phone.

      it should be written like “he saw an incident in which a crash was narrowly avoided” because he saw no crash, he saw an incident. i don’t usually nitpick that stuff, but the wording there is extremely poor.

      but yea, the ‘near crash’ he claimed to see was more than likely his phone’s screen.

      • comments June 6, 2018 at 1:54 pm

        yea, nothing worse than a hit and run. should’ve chased them down and rammed them back. prob not a good idea in reality, but…hmm

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