Saturday crashes injure three drivers

Emergency workers were called to two accidents within 20 minutes of each other Saturday morning.

The first occurred at 7:41 a.m. at 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, near the intersection with Bellsville Pike. Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Colton Magner found the driver, Joshua Salinas, still in the driver’s seat with the car in gear, complaining of severe neck pain. Two girls were standing outside the car.

The girls told police that Salinas, 34 of Columbus, swerved to miss three deer that had jumped in front of their Pontiac Grand Prix. The car appeared to have spun sideways to strike a utility pole on the front bumper, passenger side. It also hit a telephone box near the driver’s door and the trunk got caught on a guy wire, which “disconnected” the trunk, Magner wrote.

The girls were not injured. Salinas was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

Power was knocked out to the area.

The second crash occurred at 8 a.m. at State Road 46 East and Salt Creek Road.

Jennifer Miller, 51, of Deer Lane, told police she was stopped to turn left into the Circle K gas station from 46, with her turn signal on, when she heard screeching tires behind her and saw a car coming at her quickly from behind.

Tia Biggs, 19, of Laurel, struck Miller’s Nissan Frontier pickup, pushing it into the westbound lane of 46, a report by Brown County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Moore says.

Biggs told police that Miller did not have a turn signal on and that the road was wet and that’s why she could not stop. Moore’s report said the only reason the road was wet was because of radiator fluid from the crash.

Miller was checked by EMS for leg pain but refused further treatment at the scene, Moore’s report said.

Biggs was taken to a hospital by ambulance for face injuries; she was not wearing a seat belt, the report said.

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Sara Clifford has been raising a family in Brown County since 2005 and leading the Brown County Democrat since late 2009. In addition to editor, she is the beat reporter for town government and writes columns, features and general news stories.