Three injured in Shenandoah chain-reaction crash


May 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Three people were hurt in a three-vehicle chain-reaction collision Thursday evening on the south side of Shenandoah. The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports 50-year old Julie Baxter and 59-year old Patrick Whipple, both of Shenandoah, along with 55-year old Teresa Jackson, of Clarinda, were all transported by Shenandoah Rescue to the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, for treatment of unknown, possible injuries.

Officials say the accident happened at around 4:50-p.m., at the intersection of Highway Two and A-Avenue. According to the Sheriff’s report, a 2008 Toyota Prius driven by Julie Baxter was eastbound on Highway Two and stopped at the intersection with A Avenue waiting to turn north. A 2007 Pontiac Vibe driven by Teresa Jackson pulled up behind Baxter.

The third vehicle, a 2007 Ford Taurus, driven by Whipple was also traveling eastbound on Highway Two. Officials say when Whipple became distracted, he failed to notice the two stopped vehicles in front of him. His car rear-ended Jackson’s vehicle, which was shoved into the rear of Baxter’s car.

Jackson was trapped in her vehicle and had to be extricated by rescue personnel. All three drivers were wearing their seatbelts. Damage from the crash amounted to nearly $15,000. The Sheriff’s report did not indicate if any charges were filed.