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Collision closes road for 1 hour


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A head-on collision forced authorities to close the main road used by workers at several Walesboro-area manufacturers for an hour late Wednesday afternoon.

At 4:28 p.m., two minivans carrying a total of nine people collided in front of Columbus Fire Station 6, located at 1900 W. County Road 450S, Columbus Fire spokesman Capt. Mike Wilson said.

Witnesses told investigators that a westbound Honda Odyssey, driven by Jennifer Berry, 26, of Columbus, veered into the eastbound lane and struck a Ford Windstar, driven by Kathy S. Ruiz, 55, of Seymour.

Berry said she had looked down for a moment, and when she looked up, she was in the wrong lane, according to the accident report.

The heavily traveled road maintained by the city of Columbus — used by workers at the Cummins Midrange Engine Plant, Faurencia Technologies and other nearby manufacturers — remained off-limits near the station until 5:22 p.m., Wilson said.

Three passengers in Ruiz’s van, all from Seymour, were taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The drivers and uninjured occupants, which include two adults and four children, were provided shelter at the fire station until they could find alternate transportation, Wilson said.

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