SALEM - A three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Southeast Boulevard and Franklin Avenue at 11:07 a.m. Tuesday left five adults and three young children injured, with one driver cited for failure to yield.
James Browning, 72, of 1384 S. Lincoln Ave., allegedly failed to stop for a stop sign while his Ford Focus was southbound on Southeast Boulevard, according to Salem Police Patrolman Gary Poage. His car was then struck by an eastbound Pontiac G6 driven by Anna L. Thomas, 26, of 1063 Franklin Ave., causing the Thomas car to strike a Dodge Dakota pickup driven by Eric Slagle, 20, of 2559 Lexington Ave., which was stopped for the stop sign northbound on Southeast Boulevard.
Browning was cited for failure to yield and was treated and released from Salem Community Hospital, where all the victims were transported from the scene. Anna Thomas and her passenger Megan Martin, 22, of 777 Sharp Ave., were also treated and released, according to a hospital spokesman.
Emergency personnel tend to one of eight victims injured in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Southeast Boulevard and Franklin Avenue in Salem shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday. The injured included five adults and three young children. A southbound silver Ford Focus on Southeast Boulevard driven by James Browning, 72, of Salem, allegedly failed to stop for a stop sign and was struck by a yellow Pontiac G6 traveling east on Franklin, which then struck a red Dodge Dakota pickup facing north, sitting at the stop sign on Southeast Boulevard. Browning was cited for failure to yield. Salem firefighters/first responders, KLG Ambulance and EMT Ambulance all responded, along with Salem Police. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
No information could be released for the children in the car, including 2-year-old Hunter Martin, 5-year-old Kendall Martin and 10-month-old Audrey Thomas, although Poage said the infant was transferred to Akron Children's Hospital.
Slagle and his passenger, Jasee Brown, 18, of 637 Cherry St., were both treated and released.
Salem Police investigated the accident and provided traffic control, with the Salem Fire Department also responded and provided assistance to the five ambulance crews who responded, with two firefighters riding with EMT Ambulance to assist with patients. Fire department personnel provided primary patient care to one patient and assisted ambulance personnel from EMT and KLG on multiple other patients.
All three vehicles were disabled and had to be towed from the scene.
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