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Two Bloomington residents were injured in an three-vehicle accident that forced Columbus police to close the intersection of Central Avenue and Rocky Ford Road on Sunday afternoon.

Jodie Kelley, 37, was rushed to Columbus Regional Hospital following the 2:16 p.m. accident with unspecified injuries. A hospital spokeswoman said she was treated and released.

Kelley was a passenger in a red Pontiac Grand Am, driven by 28-year-old Carlos Lopez-Garcia of Bloomington. A second passenger, Eli Garcia, 39, suffered cuts to the head, but refused to be taken to the emergency room.

All of the occupants of the Grand Am reside in Bloomington.

A number of witnesses said the accident began when an eastbound white Ford Ranger on Rocky Ford, driven by Ben Dial, 20, of Columbus, ran a red light, according to Columbus patrolman Kyle Young.

Dial’s pickup struck the Grand Am, which was northbound on Central. The impact, as well as an effort to avoid other traffic, resulted in the truck coming to rest on its side east of the intersection.

Dial described his recollection of the initial collision as “a blur.”

At the same time, the Grand Am veered to the right and struck a gray Buick Enclave driven by Cindy McCoy, 47, of Columbus. Her westbound van on Rocky Ford was stopped at the time of the accident.

“I had no place to go,” said McCoy, whose car sustained only minor damage.

All drivers and passengers from the Columbus area escaped injuries and refused medical treatment.

The intersection was closed for more than an hour.

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