MOULTRIE — A seven-vehicle accident sent three people to Colquitt Regional Medical Center Thursday afternoon.

Jordan Alderman, of 819 Fifth St. N.W.; Paula Register, of 662 Clarence Norman Road; and a 16-year-old passenger whose name was not released by police all reported being injured in the accident. A hospital spokesperson said all three were treated for their injuries and released Thursday.

A Toyota Camry, driven by Alderman, had turned onto First Avenue Southeast from Veterans Parkway and was heading toward downtown Moultrie. As the car approached the Rowland Drive intersection at 4:03 p.m. Thursday, Alderman apparently fell asleep or last consciousness, Moultrie police said.

Ahead of the Camry, four vehicles had stopped for the red light at Rowland Drive, two in each westbound lane of First Avenue Southeast: A Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Octavio Miranda, of 701 Sardis Church Road; a Nissan pickup truck, driven by Elisa Ball, of 279 Lazy Bear Road in Norman Park; a Ford F-150 truck, driven by Nancy Howell, of 234 Dorminey Road; and a Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Christopher Morgan, of Highway 33 South.

The Camry went between the two lanes of traffic, striking all four of the stationary vehicles and continuing into the intersection.

A Mazda 626, driven by Register, was stopped in the middle of the intersection and was attempting to make a left turn from First Avenue onto Rowland Drive when the Camry struck it. A Ford Expedition, driven by Matthew Dennis, of 690 Cherokee Drive, was stopped behind the Mazda and was also hit by the Camry as it continued through the intersection.

Following the collisions, the Moultrie Fire Department was called to the scene and had to extricate Alderman from the Camry. Register and her 16-year-old passenger also complained of injuries and were taken to Colquitt Regional along with Alderman.

Four of the seven vehicles involved had passengers, so the total number of people involved was 13. However, Alderman, Register and the 16-year-old were the only ones who reported being injured.

Alderman was cited for following too closely, but none of the other drivers involved were cited or charged. Traffic was rerouted around the intersection for about one hour as the vehicles were removed and officers conducted an investigation into the accident.

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