Close call in collision on N. Douglas

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2000

A collision between two vehicles Wednesday evening at 3 Mile North Douglas Highway caused minor injuries to a woman driver.

A 20-year-old man was pulling a Plymouth van out of a parking spot at 5580 North Douglas just before 6 p.m. Traffic was heavy and when the man pulled out, he collided with the 29-year-old woman's Toyota pickup.

The driver of the pickup, headed out of town, swerved into the opposite lane, but could not avoid the collision. The front passenger side of each vehicle was damaged.

``It seems to have been nearly head-on,'' said Police Officer Keith Mickelsen.

Officer Brian Dallas said he expected the van's driver would be cited for failure to yield.

``The driver turned to look down the road toward North Douglas and proceeded to pull out without rechecking the northbound lane,'' Dallas said.

Four emergency vehicles responded. The injured woman was strapped to a body board and carried down a steep set of stairs to a nearby house so medical personnel could examine her.

Marijo Toner, regional affairs coordinator of Bartlett Regional Hospital, said the woman suffered ``soft tissue injury of the left elbow.'' The woman was released in good condition at 8:10 p.m.

In-bound traffic was held up for about 25 minutes while police investigated the scene.

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