Dixie Drive crash creates chaos for multiple motorists

The red front bumper of the Charger is lodged underneath the rear driver's side wheel well during two-vehicle crash on North Dixie Drive, St. George, Utah, Sept. 14, 2018 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The impact of a two-vehicle crash on North Dixie Drive sent debris flying in all directions as multiple drivers swerved to avoid first the crash and then the debris Friday morning.

Shortly after 10 a.m. officers and emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene of the crash involving a red Dodge Charger and a white Honda passenger vehicle, St. George Police officer Dave McDaniel said.

A Charger is destroyed during a two-vehicle crash on North Dixie Drive, St. George, Utah, Sept. 14, 2018 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Officers found the Charger heavily damaged and blocking the outside lane headed south, while the Honda was blocking the inside, northbound lane.

Emergency personnel found the man driving the Honda had sustained a minor injury to his hand, while the woman in the Charger also sustained what appeared to be minor injuries.

Both declined to be transported to the hospital, McDaniel said, adding that the woman would likely seek medical treatment on her own.

Additional officers arrived to direct traffic away from the crash to allow responders to safely tend to the scene.

Officers learned through multiple witness statements that the Honda was exiting the Albertsons parking lot and turning right to head south on North Dixie Drive when it was struck by the southbound Charger.

Numerous officers and the St. George Fire Department respond to a two-vehicle crash on North Dixie Drive, St. George, Utah, Sept. 14, 2018 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

The impact deployed the airbags and destroyed the front of the Charger, while the Honda was sent fishtailing around until it came to rest on the other side of Dixie Drive, more than 100 feet from where the impact occurred.

At least six vehicles pulled to the side of the road immediately after the crash, McDaniel said, and four of them provided statements to police.

“We spoke to multiple, multiple witnesses, who said the Honda pulled out directly in front of the Charger and accelerated, and even though she locked up her brakes, she had no time to avoid the crash, ” McDaniel said.

Additionally, at the moment the crash occurred, McDaniel said, debris went “flying everywhere,” and vehicles traveling in both directions were forced to swerve to avoid being struck by flying debris, along with the long line of cars traveling behind the Charger that were able to avoid becoming involved in the crash.

“The debris was everywhere, so I just put on my hazards and thought, ‘oh no’,” one witness, who was behind the Honda when the crash occurred, told St. George News at the scene.

Both vehicles were significantly damaged and towed from the roadway.

The Honda driver was later cited for failing to yield when entering a roadway, and his driver’s license is being submitted for retesting, McDaniel said.

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

 

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