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Crash sends victims to hospital

A BMW 350i is pulled onto a wrecker as Albany Police Department officers clean up debris and investigate a crash on the 2400 block of Clark Avenue that involved the silver Honda Pilot to the right. Dougherty County EMS ambulance personnel took at least one person to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

A BMW 350i is pulled onto a wrecker as Albany Police Department officers clean up debris and investigate a crash on the 2400 block of Clark Avenue that involved the silver Honda Pilot to the right. Dougherty County EMS ambulance personnel took at least one person to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

ALBANY, Ga. — A three-vehicle crash on Clark Avenue’s 2400 block sent multiple people to the hospital after about 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

Several people were taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for observation and treatment by Dougherty County EMS ambulance, said Phyllis Banks, Albany Police Department spokeswoman. No word on their condition was immediately available.

Sylvester’s Ricky Smith, 48, was charged with failure to maintain lane and not using child restraints, according to police reports. Smith drove his 1988 Ford F-150 west on Clark Avenue carrying two passengers including a 4-year-old child.

“The passengers in Smith’s vehicle did not have to be taken to the hospital,” Banks said. “The 4 year old did not have to go to the hospital.”

The reports stated that Smith tried to change lanes. He pulled in front of Leesburg resident Donald Kohler, 53, who was driving west in a 1995 BMW 325i. Kohler tried to avoid Smith and lost control of his car. The two collided.

The collision sent the BMW into the east-bound lane where it was hit by a 2003 Honda Pilot SUV driven by Eatonton resident Ronald Yates, 64. Yates had three passengers in his Honda. They were taken to the hospital. Their names, ages and conditions were unavailable.

Albany police officers handled traffic control and the wreck tied up traffic for longer than an hour. Albany Fire Department personnel also responded to the wreck to lend aid.