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Police: Driver Ran Red Light, Caused 5-Car Crash

Colorado was closed between 16th and 17th Streets for about two hours Thursday afternoon.

This story was updated at 4:20 p.m.

A five-car crash that closed one block of Colorado Avenue for about two hours Thursday ocurred when a driver ran a red light and sent another vehicle rolling, police said.

The crash hospitalized the female driver of the second car, who might have sustained injuries to her head and neck.

It ocurred at about 12:35 p.m. when a vehicle that was headed west on Colorado Avenue blew through a red light at the intersection at 17th Street. It smashed into a car that was northbound on 17th, causing the second car to roll over and hit a third car that was soutbound on 17th, according to Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis.

The driver who reportedly ran the red light struck two more vehicles before coming to a stop, Lewis said.

Colorado was closed between 16th and 17th streets until 2:15 p.m. Road closures were already in effect in the area due to Expo Line construction.

Police were investigating the cause of the accident.

chet northside May 27, 2012 at 05:01 AM
bicycles and choo-choo trains...yay!
Dan Charney May 28, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Possible of course, but I am on alert driving anywhere now due to the odd movement of a car in front of me or on the side- I look and they are looking down- obviously texting or dialing almost every time- I stay really clear of them and watch for it always now
RJ May 29, 2012 at 01:13 AM
.....hey Barrett, didn't the article say the car "blew" through the red light? Not indicative of someone having a heart attack. More like trying to beat the red light or on a cell phone.
RJ May 29, 2012 at 11:49 PM
.....Barrett. I know most news articles are poorly written and lacking in details however, I'm sure if the culprit in this mess had a "heart attack" I'm sure it would have been reported....not to mention it being highly unlikely that a "heart attack" victim would have "sped up" to "blow through" the intersection....or do you keep missing that part of the article? So give it up already. However, if Jenna wrote the news article really, really badly and misused the phrase "blew through" the intersection then I guess anything is possible......but then we would have to hold Jenna accountable for the misleading description intended to sensationalize the article.
Sir Harrington June 16, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Thank G-d there were no bicyclists in the vicinity or that would've opened up another comment thread about how bicyclists could save the planet if they weren't getting run over while blowing through red lights along with motorists.

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