ST. GEORGE – One car was sandwiched between two vehicles after alleged distracted driving resulted in a 4-vehicle collision on Bluff Street Wednesday afternoon. Although the driver was ultimately cited for distracted driving, she repeatedly told the officer at the scene, “I swear that I was not texting.”
The collision involved one female driver of a Ford Explorer SUV, one female driver of a white Saturn passenger car, one female driver with two passengers in a Ford F150 truck, and one male driver of a Chevrolet S-10 truck.
At approximately 12:56 p.m., moderately-heavy traffic going northbound on Bluff Street was backing up from the red light at 300 North, St George Police Officer Tyrell Bangerter said.
“The Gray SUV coming northbound from St. George Boulevard in the outside lane hit the Saturn, pushing the Saturn into the Ford pickup,” Bangerter said, “which pushed the Ford pickup into the Chevy pickup.”
Though the children passengers of the Ford F150 truck were crying and visibly shaken, they did not sustain any reported injuries.
“There were some minor injuries on the driver that caused the crash and the driver of the Ford pickup,” Bangerter said. “Everybody else seemed to be okay.”
The driver of the Ford F150 was transferred to the hospital by private vehicle, Bangerter said.
Both northbound traffic lanes were closed for approximately 40 minutes while crews cleared the debris and towed the Saturn passenger car from the scene.
“Evidence collected on scene shows that the driver of the Ford Explorer was texting at the time of the crash,” Bangerter said. “She was cited for that and following too close.”
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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