Posted: Jan 23, 2013 6:23 AM by Nick Thompson
COLUMBIA - A chain-reaction automobile accident in northeast Columbia injured three people and caused extensive damage to four vehicles on Tuesday night, police said.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Route B and U.S. 63, where police said one westbound driver crashed into three vehicles that were stopped at a traffic signal.
Police said 36-year-old Richard Jones was operating the 1994 Ford Probe that collided with the second, third and fourth vehicles. Jones sustained minor injuries and was transported to University Hospital.
Police said the driver and passenger of the second vehicle were also hurt. The driver, 45-year-old Tommy Collum, was taken to University Hospital with moderate injuries and the passenger, 25-year-old Wesley Edwards, was transported to treat serious injuries.
According to the police report, the drivers of the third and fourth vehicles were not injured.
Police said alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.