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Locke triggers four-vehicle wreck
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A teen running a red light triggered a four-vehicle collision in front of Applebee’s that sent one woman to the hospital Thursday night.
Police say Thomas Locke, 19, failed to stop at the red light at the intersection of the bypass and New Smithville Highway just before 8 p.m. Thursday.
Locke was traveling westbound on the bypass, heading in the direction of Walmart from the mall. He was driving a 1992 Buick that entered the intersection just as cars were starting to make left turns from New Smithville onto the bypass to head in the general direction of the mall.
Locke’s vehicle slammed into two of the vehicles, hitting the back end of a 2009 Nissan Sentra driven by Wanda G. Sullivan, 64, spinning it around in the intersection. Sullivan was later taken to River Park for treatment of injuries.
Locke’s vehicle also slammed the front end of a 2008 Dodge Stratus driven by James Christopher Godwin, 41, who was following Sullivan into the turn lane.
The two impacts caused Locke’s car to spin into the southbound lanes of New Smithville Highway where it slammed head-on into a stationary 2000 Ford driven by Ashley Dawn Lemons, 28.
The wreck inhibited traffic in every direction at one of the busiest intersections in McMinnville. Locke was cited for running a red light.