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Downtown Albany wreck injures two

A wrecker service vehicle removes a Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota Camry that were involved Thursday night in a wreck at Pine Avenue and Washington Street. Two people went to the hospital, one by ambulance, for what appeared to be minor injuries.

A wrecker service vehicle removes a Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota Camry that were involved Thursday night in a wreck at Pine Avenue and Washington Street. Two people went to the hospital, one by ambulance, for what appeared to be minor injuries.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Rance Pettibone's tan 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe's front end was ruined Thursday night when a Camry hit the back of his car as Pettibone was traveling north on Washington Street.

The hit from the late model Toyota Camry sent Pettibone's SUV to the right -- straight into a one-way street sign at the corner of Pine Avenue and Washington Street. The impact knocked the street sign down and badly damaged the entire front end of the SUV. The impact also deployed both of the SUV's air bags.

Pettibone's wife, who was not in the car when the accident occurred, arrived shortly after the crash happened, which was just before 10 p.m., and took him to Phoebe Memorial Hospital. Pettibone was complaining of a sore shoulder.

"I was just going north -- (the hit) caught me by surprise; I never saw it coming," Pettibone said. "All I knew was I'd gotten hit."

The green, late model Toyota Camry was turning from Pine against a red light, according to Pettibone, who said he had the green light. He said he was headed to Warner Robins to pick up some friends.

There were three young women in the car, each of whom refused to comment about the accident. The driver was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, and her two passengers rode with her.

Police working the wreck scene also would not comment.

The Camry's passenger's side door and front passenger's side were badly damaged.