Rescuers load an injured driver onto a stretcher after a three-car wreck on Indianapolis Road (Indiana 11) and Arcadia Drive Tuesday March 12, 2013. The injured woman and trapped in her Chevrolet sedan until rescuers cut off the driver's door and took her away by ambulance.
The only entrance to three significant Columbus employers was blocked for at least 30 minutes during Tuesday morning rush-hour traffic by a three-vehicle crash that sent two people to the hospital.
The 8 a.m. accident on Indianapolis Road at Arcadia Drive, about a quarter-mile south of the U.S. 31 overpass, took place at the entrance to the Columbus Industrial Park.
The accident occurred when a northbound Chevrolet Blazer, driven by Tiffaney Luna, 27, of Columbus, went out of control while attempting to pass another vehicle, according to Columbus Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Myers.
Luna’s SUV, which was in the through lane at the intersection, slid sideways into the southbound lane and struck an oncoming Honda Civic, driven by Sherry Rubush, 52, of Edinburgh, Myers said.
After the Blazer struck the Honda, the SUV continued to slide and smashed into a southbound 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt, driven by Katrina Palmer, 41, of Morgantown, Myers said.
First-responders from the Columbus Fire Department used extraction equipment to free Palmer from the wreckage of her car. While Luna was not hurt, both Palmer and Rubush were taken to Columbus Regional Hospital, Myers said.
Both women were treated for minor injuries and released, according to CRH spokeswoman Paige Harden.
While the northbound lane of Indianapolis Road remained open to traffic, the southbound lane was closed from Tellman Camp Road north to Paula Drive for more than a half-hour.
The closure temporarily blocked access to Cummins Data Center, Capco LLC and PMG Indiana, all located in the industrial park off Arcadia Drive.
First-shift assembly workers at both Capco and PMG were already at work when the accident occurred.
However, many Cummins Data Center employees were temporarily unable to get to their jobs, police said.
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