Saturday, January 7, 2012
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Albany emergency personnel extricate a driver from a silver 2005 Honda Odessy van that was hit by the 2005 Ford Explorer on the left at about 6:15 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Highland Avenue and South Cleveland Street. There were no deaths reported, but three were hospitalized.
ALBANY — Three people escaped death in a brutal T-Bone crash involving an SUV and a mini-van before 4:20 p.m. Saturday.
According to Albany Police Department reports, 35-year-old James Williams drove through a stop sign in a 2005 Ford Explorer going south on Cleveland Street and smashed into a 2005 Honda Odyssey mini-van crossing east on West Highland Avenue.
An eye witness put it differently. “He must have been going 70 mph. He was flying like he was on the interstate,” Calvin Dawson said. “When he flipped over, he came out of the top of that truck (SUV) and ran.”
Police caught Williams about a block away from the crash scene where he had left his passenger, Jim Wildes, 32, in the SUV, said Phyllis Banks police spokeswoman. Rina Patel remained trapped in the Honda Odyssey she was driving.
Emergency personnel extricated Wildes from the overturned SUV. Trapped in the Honda, 31-year-old Patel was also extracted from her mini-van by emergency personnel.
All three involved in the crash were taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Banks said. All three patients were in good condition, said a hospital spokeswoman.
As of 8 p.m., there were no reports of alcohol or drugs involved, Banks said. The crash remains under investigation.