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Main Street collision causes minor injuries
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Pictured is the blue Altima which slammed into the side of the maroon Intrepid at the intersection of E. Main and N. Spring St. Neither party was found responsible by the police report due to conflicting claims of those involved, and there is no evidence of either driver running a red light. - photo by Taylor Moore

A collision in downtown McMinnville Monday resulted in minor injuries.

McMinnville resident Betty Burch, 87, was driving a blue 2012 Nissan Altima heading down N. Spring St. approaching the intersection at E. Main St. At the same time, a maroon 2002 Dodge Intrepid, driven by Jonathan Townsend, 30, was heading outbound on E. Main Street.

In the car with Townsend was wife Kayla Townsend, sitting in the front passenger seat, and their 2-year-old daughter, seated in the back of the vehicle in a restrained child’s seat. As Townsend was midway through the intersection of N. Spring and E. Main, Burch collided head-on into the driver’s side of the Intrepid. 

Patrolman Bo Hutchins said, “She (Burch) is not hurt and didn’t need medical assistance on the scene.” He mentioned the child was also uninjured. However, both Jonathan and Kayla were transported to Ascension Saint Thomas River Park Hospital for minor injuries.

Two witnesses claim the Intrepid ran the red light. Another witness said they were driving behind the maroon car and was stopping for the red light; however, the witness does not know the color of the light at the time of the wreck but saw the collision happen.

Neither driver has been ruled responsible by the report as Hutchins said, “Both drivers are stating they had the green light.” He added, “We looked for a video.” None of the security cameras at the nearby businesses were facing the intersection or the street. No citations were issued.

The collision occurred at approximately 12:45 p.m.