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COLUMBUS, Ind. — As of 11 a.m., police had reopened all lanes for all main streets, including Central Avenue, Second, Third, Brown and Lindsay streets.
Columbus Police Chief Jason Maddix said police had received reports of four injuries from falls during the Mill Race Marathon today, but all injured were treated at medical tents, and none required hospitalizations.
Maddix also said police received no reports of any accidents or crimes and had made no arrests related to the marathon activities.
“We did have a lot of congestion,” Maddix said.
The chief said that some motorists, especially in Breakaway Trails and at Seventh and Franklin streets, had to wait for a long time to get through traffic.
The chief said that while he wanted some police officers, such as the bike patrols, to be highly visible to serve as a crime deterrent and as a resource to people who needed help, other were patrolling crowded areas undercover. In some locations, police also have set up cameras, the images of which they were viewing at the command center at Fifth and Washington streets.
In the command center, law enforcement personnel huddled around a county map and a dry erase board with representatives of the city garage, fire department, dispatchers and medics to listen to reports from officers in the field and figure out where to redeploy their resources. The setup also helped authorities determine when the last runners had cleared certain areas so that streets could be reopened.
Maddix said that authorities set up the command center last night and would have officers patrolling the downtown area into the early morning.
He said operations have run smoothly thanks to good cooperation among public safety personnel, volunteers, Cummins and others.
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