A crash Thursday morning involving two cars resulted in a “chaotic” scene causing heavy traffic, including some vehicles running red lights near the scene. According to St. George News, around 9:30 a.m., police officials and emergency responders were dispatched for the crash at the intersection of West Sunset Boulevard and North Dixie Drive. Witnesses told officials that a tan Hyundai passenger car was stopped at the stoplight heading south. The Hyundai began to traverse the intersection when the light changed and was struck by a gold GMC Yukon that had run a red light heading east. When officers arrived on the scene, the two vehicles were blocking one of the lanes on Sunset Blvd. and both northbound lanes of Dixie Drive. The crash inhibited morning traffic and officers had to direct traffic away from the scene.
St. George Police officer Ken Childs told St. George News, “We had witnesses southbound, northbound and westbound all through this collision that watched it happen and confirmed the light from Dixie Drive was green.” The accident caused severe damage to the Hyundai and the rear end of the Yukon. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene of the crash. According to Childs, the driver of the Yukon was cited for failing to obey a traffic signal. Fortunately, neither of the drivers reported significant injuries.
We are glad to hear that those involved were okay. Statistically speaking, most accidents are relatively minor and do not result in severe injury and death. These minor accidents can slow down everyone’s commute, especially when it occurs in a very central location. There are only so many alternate routes that everyone can take before the entire city is clogged with traffic. The resulting traffic following a serious accident can place your whole day a little behind. Although it is difficult to know how or when traffic will be affected by an accident, we have a few tips that, in the event of a crash, can make your commute a little less troublesome.
- Check Traffic Reports. Many times, local broadcasting (whether television or radio) will provide updated coverage of traffic patterns in densely populated areas. These reports can alert you to a potentially longer commute.
- Use a Navigation App. Many apps that utilize GPS technology will provide constant updates. The app can let you know when your commute might be affected by an accident. Some apps will send notifications of when your normal route is affected.
- Use Alternative Routes. If you know that a certain area is prone to traffic congestion, after a serious accident, you might consider another alternative. Although this may not be the quickest path to your destination, when areas are teeming with traffic, the alternative route could be your best bet.
- Leave a Little Earlier. We understand. Life happens. However, sometimes, leaving a little earlier will not stress you out in the event of traffic. You will still have time to arrive at your destination.
Understandably, there is never a guarantee that you will miss all traffic. Unfortunately, traffic is a part of life. However, knowing how to avoid some traffic can help you get where you are going faster and safer.