Monday, May 9, 2011
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ALBANY -- Monday was a bad day to be on Albany's streets.
Two accidents occurred on opposite ends of town that sent five people to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
About 1:30 p.m., Barbra Dudley, 41, was involved in an accident in East Albany when she drove her 1999 Chevrolet Suburban into a utility pole at the intersection of Clark Avenue and Mock Road, knocking out the power and traffic signal.
"Dudley was traveling north on Mock Road when she drove straight through the intersection and struck a utility pole, which split in half," said Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the Albany Police Department. "It is unknown at this time why she drove through the intersection."
Dudley's car was removed from the scene around 2:45 p.m. while Water, Gas & Light Commission crews were making repairs to the utility pole. In the meantime, APD was re-routing traffic and Dudley was extracted from the vehicle and transported to Phoebe.
Dudley's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, officials said. The incident remains under investigation.
In an unrelated incident on the west side of the river, an accident involving three vehicles at the intersection of Gillionville Road and Pine Avenue sent four people to Phoebe.
A 2010 Ford Edge driven by David Mayer of Valdosta was struck by a Friendly Cab driven by Willie James Jackson and a 2010 Dodge Charger driven by Chameka Robinson of Albany.
Jackson's taxi cab nearly overturned the Ford Edge, which came to rest with its roof against a telephone pole at the edge of Short & Paulk's parking lot.
Mayer and Jackon were the sole occupants in their vehicles while Robinson was accompanied by a minor child.
All four people were transported by ambulance to Phoebe. The accident is still under investigation and no charges had been filed by Monday evening.