ST. GEORGE – A car crashed into the back of a minivan, causing a chain reaction that damaged two vehicles and stopped southbound traffic at the intersection of 700 South and Bluff Street around 12:30 pm Monday.
Officers arrived to find three vehicles, a large concrete mixer that sustained minor damage, a white two-door Kia and a white Buick sedan, both with extensive damage.
Responders also found the driver of the Buick who suffered several minor injuries, including bruises to the mouth and face.
Police Officer of St. George Dennis Blackman told St. George News that the driver refused to be transported from the scene to the hospital by ambulance, and also said the other two drivers involved in the accident reported no serious injuries.
The traffic backup on the southbound side of Bluff Street continued to grow as additional officers were called to direct drivers.
At the time of the collision, all three vehicles were traveling southbound on Bluff Street and approached the intersection as traffic slowed to a stop. The combination slowed to a stop, as did the Kia, followed by the Buick, which slammed into the rear of the Kia at about 35 mph. This pushed the Kia into the back of a concrete mixer, causing an accordion-style crash that left the Kia crushed on both sides.
The impact also sent debris onto the road and left the two passenger cars heavily damaged. Both were towed from the road while the cement mixer sustained minor damage.
St. George Police Officer Tiffany Mitchell told St. George News that the driver of the Buick was later cited for following too closely, driving with a revoked license and not having an intercom installed in the vehicle.
“Bottom line, he shouldn’t have been driving,” Mitchell added.
Southbound traffic on Bluff Street was heavily impacted, while traffic on 700 South was partially backed up at the intersection immediately after the collision.
Police Department of St. George, St. George Fire Department. George, Gold Cross Ambulance headed to the scene, while the Utah Department of Emergency Management Team also responded to assist. No further details were available at the time of this report.
This report is based on information from police, emergency personnel or other service providers and may not be comprehensive.
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