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Two-vehicle crash sends three to hospital

Two-vehicle crash sends three to hospital

Dec 27, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Three people were taken to Riverton Memorial Hospital on Thursday afternoon after a two-vehicle accident at West Sunset and Flag drives.

Officials said no one was seriously injured in the incident, which took place at about 4:15 p.m. and left part of Sunset Drive closed until the scene was cleared.

According to reports, a Kia van was headed west on Sunset Drive when an eastbound Ford Ranger pickup truck made a left-hand turn to go north on Flag Drive, crossing the path of the oncoming vehicle.

"The van struck the Ranger," Riverton Police Department chief Mike Broadhead said.

The Ranger driver and sole occupant, a man in his 50s, was cited for making a left turn in front of approaching traffic. He was taken to the hospital along with the driver of the Kia --a woman in her 50s --and her juvenile passenger.

Firefighters also were called to the scene to make sure fuel was not leaking from either vehicle. Riverton Volunteer Fire Department chief Mike Hutchison said liquid was coming from the pickup truck, but it wasn't fuel.

"It was just a bunch of fluids from the front of the pickup," he said. "We put down some oil absorbent on the fluids."

Firefighters also helped load the crash victims into an ambulance to be transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital for observation. Hutchison's crew was there for less than an hour and included 13 firefighters, a rescue company and an engine company.

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