Five people were injured in a two-vehicle accident near the Kmart parking lot Thurday night. Craig Police, Craig Fire/Rescue, and ambulances from The Memorial Hospital responded to the scene.
The five victims were the occupants of a silver Chevy Cavalier that was sideswiped when a GMC pickup ran a stop sign on the service road on the west end of the Kmart parking lot around 7:30 p.m.
The pickup was driven by Kenneth Edward Craig, 18.
The Cavalier was registered in Brighton to Eric Boyer, 23. Angela Boyer, 23, was driving the car, according to police. The other victims were Dominic Boyer, 2, Alyssa Boyer, 4, and Roy Maez, 22. The 2-year-old was restrained in a car seat, police said. The 4-year-old was not wearing a seat belt.
Craig was driving south on the service road when the Cavalier entered the intersection, approaching Kmart from the west. Craig did not heed the stop sign at intersection, according to police. The truck impacted the car and pushed it onto the landscaping island on the edge of the parking lot.
Three victims were admitted to TMH after being treated in the emergency room. The other two victims were treated and released. Information about the victims' conditions was not available at press time.
The accident remains under investigation and charges are pending, according to Craig Police Sgt. Bill Leonard.
Firefighters from Craig Fire/Rescue used hydraulic cutters to remove the roof of the car to gain access to the victims. The pickup damaged the doors on the vehicle's right side and deep snowdrifts blocked the doors on the left side. Rescue workers used backboards to lift the victims out of the top of the car.
Doug Slaight, a firefighter who was at the scene, said the victims were talkative while the crew worked to extricate them. Police described the injuries as serious, but did not provide details.
The vehicle's front airbag did not deploy during the accident. Firefighters had to take special precautions so that the jostling and cutting did not activate the airbag, which can cause injuries to victims and emergency workers. Firefighters wrapped the steering wheel in a special Kevlar bag that prevents the airbag from inflating, Slaight said.
Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.