Niles woman involved in injury accident in St. Joseph Thursday

Published 11:17 pm Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Jaws of Life was used to extract a driver from a vehicle after a Niles woman ran a red light in St. Joseph Thursday.

Saint Joseph City Police were dispatched to a personal injury accident at 2:41 p.m. at the intersection of Niles and Botham avenues. It was reported to Saint Joseph City Dispatch that Medic 1 was already on scene and had one female unresponsive.

On arrival, the unresponsive female was alert and conscious being treated by Medic 1 along with the driver of the second vehicle.

The accident was witnessed by Medic 1 employee, Chad Marr, who was working at the time. Marr was stopped for a red light at the intersection of Niles and Botham waiting to proceed north.

Marr said that a vehicle driven by Jody Bennett of Watervliet was westbound on Botham Avenue, turning north onto Niles Avenue. Bennett had the right-of-way at the intersection. A southbound vehicle driven by Nellie Blunier of Niles ran the red light and struck Bennett’s vehicle.

The Saint Joseph City Fire Department was called to the scene to use the Jaws of Life to gain entry into Bennett’s vehicle.

Both drivers complained of injuries and were transported to the Lakeland emergency room for treatment. The extent of injuries is unknown.

Both drivers had seatbelts on, and no passengers.