Four-vehicle crash halts traffic on Highways 51, 60 near Arlington

August 3, 2018

ARLINGTON — Four people were taken to the hospital for injuries suffered in a four-vehicle crash Thursday morning at the intersection of Highways 51 and 60 in the town of Leeds.

The intersection was closed to traffic as first responders worked at the scene.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls just before 7:30 a.m. reporting a multiple-vehicle crash at the intersection.

In a press release, Sheriff Dennis Richards said the crash occurred when a Honda CRV, which had been stopped in traffic, attempted to turn from Highway 51/60 onto eastbound Highway 60. The Honda was then rear-ended by a Ford F-150 pickup, causing the Honda to hit a Ford Explorer and a Buick LeSabre.

While emergency crews responded to the situation, the highways were closed for about an hour. Four people were taken from the scene by ambulance for minor injuries.

Richards said the crash likely was caused by inattentive driving, though the incident remains under investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials are asking motorists to use extra caution when driving on highways 51 and 60 due to increased morning and afternoon traffic caused by road construction on Highway 22.

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