Back-to Back Accidents Slow Traffic

POSTED BY: Danielle Cotterman
Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 05:07 PM
U.S 40 Accident 1

The highway patrol had its hands full with back to back accidents on U.S. 40 Thursday afternoon.

Trooper Todd Henry said at about 2:30 Loren Lobell was headed East in a Dodge Caravan when he attempted to make a left turn hitting West Bound Leanne Ballinger's Pontiac Bonaville. About 10 minutes later Trooper Henry said another two car accident took place at that same location.

"It is kind of rare," said Henry. "People get distracted looking at what happened at the other crash and things happen."

The accidents took place along U.S 40- at the intersection of Kopchak Road - just in front of the Moose Lodge. Four State Highway Troopers responded to the scene. Traffic was temporarily slowed.

"It just adds another factor," said Henry. "You've got one lane on each side closed and a lot of traffic trying to get through."

Three minor injuries were reported- all were taken to Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital. The accident remains under investigation.

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