Soon after a four-car accident caused by a problem with the traffic light was cleared Thursday afternoon, drivers on Herlong Ave and Ebenzer Road went back to ignoring the red light.
Capt. Mark Bollinger, spokesman of the Rock Hill Police Department, said a white or silver 2003 Saturn drove through a red light after the light appeared to be stuck. Bollinger said the light was apparently stuck on red for “quite a long time.”
Bollinger said when the driver drove through the light, his car was struck by another, and both were pushed into two other cars.
Rock Hill Police Department tweeted there were injuries and someone was pinned in a car at the scene at 12:33 p.m.
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A bystander at the scene said the Rock Hill Fire Department didn’t need to use the “jaws of life,” but that it took a while to get the man out of the car. The bystander said one of the drivers hit in the accident was an elderly woman, who then sat outside in the 90-degree heat for over 15 minutes before the bystander suggested she be taken into air conditioning.
The conditions of the people involved in the crash have not been released, though one man was transported to Piedmont Medical Center by EMS and another went to Piedmont Medical Center themselves.
The crash was cleared at about 1:20 p.m., but traffic on Herlong Ave was backed up several blocks, waiting on a red light that never turned green. More than 15 cars ran the red light before a police officer stepped in to again direct traffic.
Bollinger said the lights on the intersection of Herlong Ave and Ebenezer Road are now “fixed and functioning properly.”
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