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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Recover This!

Michael Schumacher /Amarillo Globe-News Wrecker driver Adam Hutchens ponders a way to remove a GMC Denali from a utility pole after a multivehicle accident Monday on Plains Boulevard near Western Street in which three people were injured. The sport utility vehicle was pulled off, and it slammed to the ground.

Here's the corresponding story from
Three motorists suffered non-life-threatening injuries Monday when one of their vehicles went airborne during an accident about 8 a.m. in the 3700 block of Plains Boulevard.

Amarillo police were working Monday to determine what caused an eastbound GMCNeufeld said. Denali to cross the center line and into the path of westbound vehicles, setting off the sequence of events, police Cpl. Jerry

Two vehicles were in the westbound lanes on Plains when the Denali began heading toward them. Joe Green, 71, of Amarillo, driving an Oldsmobile Alero, tried to avoid the Denali but the sport utility vehicle struck the Alero, pushing it into a Toyota Camry driven by Beth Lowery, 35, also of Amarillo. The Camry ended up in the right of way parallel to Plains .

After hitting the Alero, the Denali, driven by Augustine Doerue, 39, also of Amarillo, went airborne and came to rest nose up against a utility pole. Ronetta Mills was driving behind the Alero and Camry and watched the accident develop . She described the Denali as flipping end over end.

"I looked up (through my sunroof) and saw him going over the top of me," Mills said.

To keep motorists from the crash site, westbound traffic was diverted south from Plains onto Dixie Street and around the Has- tings warehouse, exiting on Plains at Sunset Center. Eastbound traffic was reduced to one lane on Plains for about two hours, reopening just after 10 a.m.

The three drivers involved in the accident were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Neufeld expects citations to be filed.

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