Smithville Police Investigate Three Vehicle Wreck at Busy Intersection

July 29, 2010
Dwayne Page
Sparta Woman Driving This 1999 Ford Taurus Injured
Truck and Chevy Trailblazer Involved in Wreck (Photo by Travis Bryant)

Several people were involved in a three vehicle traffic accident Thursday afternoon at the traffic light in the intersection of Broad Street and South Congress Boulevard.

Central Dispatch received the call at 4:04 p.m.

According to Corporal Travis Bryant of the Smithville Police Department, who investigated the accident, 48 year old Carl Washer of Smithville was driving a Center Hill Nursery truck, attempting to turn left from East Broad Street onto South Congress Boulevard as 57 year old Marlene Lawera of Sparta was traveling east on Broad Street in a 1999 Ford Taurus. The two vehicles crashed in the intersection and the force of the impact caused the Taurus to push the Center Hill Nursery truck into another vehicle, a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer, driven by 38 year old Kim Roller of Smithville, which was stopped in the turning lane facing north on South Congress Boulevard, waiting to turn left onto Broad Street.

Lawera, who was transported by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital, was apparently the only person injured in the accident. Two eleven year old boys were passengers with Washer.

Corporal Bryant was assisted at the scene by K-9 Officer Brad Tatrow, Chief Randy Caplinger, and Investigator Matt Holmes. Members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department also came to the scene to wash down the street.

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