Crash ties up traffic at lunchtime

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A rwo-part, three vehicle accident tied up traffic in Chiefland on Monday from shorty after noon, until about 1 p.m., and resulted in injuries two people — a woman and a man. Both were transported to a hospital by Levy County EMS. 


Chiefland Police Maj. Al Graves said a gray Mazda was westbound on Northwest 21st Avenue, attempting to cross U.S. Highway 19. The intersection is one of the city's busiest with a Taco Bell on one corner, a Murphy fuel station and Capital City Bank on two other corners.

The gray Mazda pulled out and was struck on the driver's side by a blue and white SUV. The Mazda continued to travel in a westerly direction into the soughbound lanes of U.S. 19 where it was struck on the passenger side by a truck carrying lumber. 

The major said all the vehicle occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. 

Graves said the intersection is one he mentions to the state Department of Transportation in talks on the need for changes. He said it is similar to the intersection between the entrances to Winn Dixie and Walmart shopping centers that was reworked after several accidents.