Five people taken to the hospital after three-car crash in downtown Janesville on Sunday

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Gazette Staff
Sunday, March 30, 2014

JANESVILLE—Five people were taken to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center Sunday evening after a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of South Main and East Court streets.

A white minivan southbound on South Main Street ran a red light and hit a red Pontiac Grand Am between 6 and 6:30 p.m., Janesville Police Sgt. Todd Kleisner said.

The minivan rolled over and landed upright on its wheels. While it rolled, a 5-year-old passenger was thrown from the vehicle and landed in the intersection, Kleisner said.

All four people in the minivan, including the driver and three children, were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Their injuries "didn't appear to be real serious," Kleisner said.

Janesville police are investigating if seat belts were worn.

A vehicle behind the Pontiac Grand Am was unable to stop and collided with it.

One person in the Pontiac Grand Am was taken to the hospital because airbags deployed. Their injuries also did not appear serious, Kleisner said. At least two people were in the vehicle.

Northbound and southbound traffic on Main Street were blocked while Janesville police and firefighters responded to the accident. Officers and firefighters were on scene for about an hour.

The minivan and Pontiac Grand Am were towed from the scene.

Last updated: 6:33 pm Sunday, March 30, 2014

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