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Blackout blamed for Sparta Street crash
A back wheel was ripped from this SUV driven by Raymond Lockhart.
Police say seatbelts changed what could have been a fatal accident into a crash with minor injuries after a motorist blacked out behind the wheel and hit an oncoming SUV late Thursday afternoon on Sparta Street.Linda Walker, 65, was transported to River Park Hospital for treatment of noncritical injuries while the driver of the SUV she hit, Raymond Lockhart, 49, escaped significant injury despite having a back tire sheered from his vehicle.“Fortunately, everyone was wearing seatbelts and airbags deployed,” said McMinnville Police Lt. Mark Mara of the violent crash that happened in the curve near the Rescue Squad building on Sparta Street near the overpass.Mara said Walker blacked out due to a medical issue as she was rounding the curve and headed into the path of Lockhart’s SUV. The impact with the back portion of the pickup ripped off the truck’s wheel but did not stop Walker’s Nissan as it continued off the road and was stopped just before plummeting off a high embankment.Mara said her runaway vehicle was stopped by trees.