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Morning wreck sends one to hospital

By CRYSTAL HERBER, Herald Staff Writer | 1/10/2013

A two-vehicle Thursday morning wreck on a busy Ottawa roadway sent one person to the hospital.

The driver of a Chevrolet Equinox was taken to an area hospital after the vehicle she was driving collided with a passenger car about 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of 10th and Cedar streets. The name of the driver was not immediately released. Crews at the scene secured the woman’s head and neck before putting her in the ambulance, but her condition was not released.  

Officer Jim Kerns, with the Ottawa Police Department, said the cause of the wreck remained under investigation.

“[There was] one vehicle going south on Cedar, the other making a left hand turn to the west on 10th, is really all I know at this point and time,” Kerns said at the scene.

He indicated the other vehicle, a Hyundai, was traveling southbound. The driver of that car refused medical attention at the scene. The Hyundai came to a rest at the corner of the intersection with its mangled front end on the curb, across from the Ottawa University campus. The vehicle was able to be driven a short distance from the scene.

The force of the impact pushed the Equinox about 20 feet from the intersection.

A light rain fell as crews worked to remove the injured woman from the vehicle. Kerns did not indicate whether the rain and subsequently slick streets played a role in the wreck.

The incident blocked traffic for about 30 minutes as crews worked the scene.

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