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Drivers slightly injured in morning collisions


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Minor injuries were reported after two accidents in Columbus on Friday.

About 11:10 a.m., a vehicle briefly flipped on its side after a collision across from the Kroger supermarket, Columbus police said.

Aaron J. Lee, 20, of County Road 265N, Columbus, was attempting to drive north on Central Avenue from the Marathon station on National Road, police said.

A car in the far right southbound lane of Central had stopped and waved at Lee to continue on. But as Lee moved into the middle southbound lane, his 2000 Buick Lesabre was struck by a southbound sport utility vehicle driven by John J. Galdikas, 51, of Lamplight Drive, Columbus, police said.

Galdikas told police he swerved his 2001 GMC Yukon in an effort to avoid the crash but was unable to do so in time.

The impact caused Galdikas’ SUV to flip on its side and spin around, but the vehicle came to rest in an upright position.

Both drivers suffered minor injuries, police said. Lee complained of facial pain, while Galdikas said he had neck pain.

Another accident occurred at 9:48 a.m. Friday on Second Street in front of the Bartholomew County Jail.

An SUV driven by Ruth M. Mitchell, 38, of Cottage Avenue, Columbus, was stopped on Second Street, east of Franklin Street, to allow pedestrians to cross at the crosswalk to the jail, police said.

A pickup truck driver, identified as Dean J. Russell, 58, of Nashville, apparently did not notice the SUV had stopped in front of him, police said.

Russell’s 1998 Dodge Ram hit with the back of Mitchell’s 2001 Chevrolet Blazer, according to the accident report.

Mitchell complained of back pain and was checked out at the scene by paramedics. Although Russell had cuts and bruises to his arm, he refused medical treatment, police said.

Mitchell and Russell were able to drive their vehicles from the scene of the accident, police said.

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