WASHINGTON CITY – A portion of Red Cliffs Drive to the Telegraph Street intersection resembled a demolition derby Thursday morning after three separate accidents happened along a one-mile stretch within a single hour. The morning culminated in a four-vehicle collision at the intersection of South Green Springs Drive and West Telegraph Street. The collision occurred when an elderly woman driving a tan Mercury Grand Marquis made an illegal lefthand turn, causing multiple collisions and blocking traffic at the busy intersection for a short time.
The accident happened just after 10:15 a.m. Witnesses at the scene said the woman, who was traveling northbound on 3050 East between The Home Depot and Albertsons in Washington, was stopped at the intersection in the right hand turning lane, yet she was signaling to turn left.
When other vehicles lined up behind her to turn right onto Telegraph began to honk their horns to hurry her along, the woman made an left-hand turn onto Telegraph, across multiple lanes of traffic, one witness said.
The Grand Marquis was struck in the intersection by two vehicles — a black mini van and a tan Nissan Altima — that were driving south on Green Springs, Ed Kantor, public information officer with the Washington City Police, said. The impact of the collisions pushed the Grand Marquis into a white GMC pickup truck that was stopped at a red light on Telegraph Street in the eastbound lane of travel.
Washington City Police and Gold Cross Ambulance Service responded to the accident. Nobody involved in the accident appeared to be seriously injured, Kantor said, however the driver of the Altima was taken by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center for evaluation.
The driver of the Grand Marquis was cited for improper lane travel and for driving with a denied driver’s license.
The intersection joining Red Cliffs Drive, Telegraph Street, 3050 East and Green Springs Drive is considered one of the busiest and potentially hazardous intersections in Washington City.
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