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Afternoon wreck sends three to hospital

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- A 1999 Ford Explorer collided with a late model Toyota Limited SUV before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Cordele Road and Clark Avenue.

"There were three people in the Toyota and (Albany Fire Department) firemen got them out," said Ronnie Bowden, a witness. "The woman driver looked shaken up; the two children looked all right, but shaken up, too."

According to Bowden, the Explorer ran the red light on Cordele Road heading south. The Explorer was driving in the left lane adjacent to the lane where Bowden had stopped his vehicle for the traffic light. The Explorer smashed into the Toyota, which was heading west on Clark Avenue, Bowden added.

"He ran that red light," Bowden said. "He was right next to me."

A wrecker took the heavily damaged Toyota away.

The driver of the Explorer, Nathan Bundrick, escaped from the crash uninjured. He drove his Explorer to a vacant gas station on the southwest corner of the intersection, where he was interviewed by an Albany Police Department officer.

Bundrick said the light was green.

"I didn't even see her," Bundrick said. "She was going so fast."

Officers at the scene were busy conducting the investigation and handling traffic control until before 6 p.m. Officers could not immediately confirm who was at fault in the crash, nor did they release the names of the Toyota's occupants, who were taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital by Dougherty County EMS.