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Accident snarls traffic

By Ed Brock

A late-afternoon accident sent four people to the hospital and tied up traffic on Tara Boulevard for about one hour.

At about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday a GMC pickup truck driven by a man in his 60s or 70s ran a red light at the intersection of Ga. Highway 138 and Tara Boulevard, Clayton County Police Department Capt. Tim Robinson said. The truck, which was traveling north on Tara Boulevard, hit a Ford Taurus station wagon that was turning left from Highway 138 into Tara Boulevard's northbound lanes.

Two other cars, a Mitsubishi Diamante and a Chrysler Voyager minivan, were also involved in the accident. Robinson did not release the names of any of the drivers involved in the accident.

The driver of the Taurus was taken by air ambulance to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta with injuries not considered to be life-threatening. Three others were taken to Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, where they were treated and released.

Police closed the northbound lanes of Tara Boulevard to allow the air ambulance helicopter to land. Traffic from both directions on Tara Boulevard was slowed or stopped and the side roads in Jonesboro filled with cars trying to get around the accident site.

Several people also stopped to watch the action.

"We just stopped to make sure it wasn't anybody we know," said Genia Parker of Forest Park.

Bob Bostic of Jonesboro said his daughter wanted to see what was happening, and he was also concerned.

"I'm always concerned about people in accidents, especially innocent victims," Bostic said.

Bostic said he just hoped the accident wasn't caused by carelessness.