Three people taken to hospital following Jake Alexander crash

  • Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:34 a.m.
EMS crews help pull a woman out of an SUV that was in a wreck on Jake Alexander Boulevard.
EMS crews help pull a woman out of an SUV that was in a wreck on Jake Alexander Boulevard.

Three people were taken to the hospital after a three-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon at Jake Alexander Boulevard, not far from Arby’s restaurant. Salisbury Police investigated the crash, which occurred shortly before 4 p.m.

A Dodge Durango was traveling southeast on Jake Alexander Boulevard when the driver lost consciousness. The driver, a woman, had some type of medical condition, said Officer M.P. Benjamin.

Her vehicle straddled the curb and the grass before she T-boned a GMC pickup that was coming off the exit ramp.

The rear of the GMC came off the ground and the Durango traveled underneath the GMC.

The Durango spun around and backed into a Toyota pickup before it came to rest in the opposite lane of travel. The GMC was driven by a male and there was a female passenger inside.

Both the male and female were taken to the hospital, as was the woman from the Durango, Benjamin said.

Vickie Cook, along with Melissa and James Cain, heard the crash. None of them saw the initial impact. The three were parked at the edge of the Arby’s parking lot. Cook said the crash “sounded like a bomb went off.”

Cook said it appeared the GMC truck was headed toward the interstate. The pickup struck a guy wire and came to rest in the grassy entrance next to the exit ramp. There was luggage and contents from the GMC pickup strewn about the roadway along with broken fenders.

Rowan County EMS and Salisbury Fire Department also responded to the scene. Traffic had to be detoured onto Old Concord Road while police investigated and eventually wreckers, cleared the scene.

No names of those injured were available.

Post intern Rebecca Rider contributed to this story.

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