Four area residents were sent to the hospital Thursday after a three vehicle accident. The accident occurred in Heartville at 4:58pm on South Route 45 in front of Y-Yard Auto & Truck Inc at 850th Avenue.
Police say that all three vehicles, driven by 79-year-old Mason resident Howard Webster, 44-year-old Watson resident Bradley Austin, and 26-year-old Effingham resident Wesley Hatfill, were traveling southbound when Hatfill slowed down to make a turn. Austin’s vehicle then slowed to a stop behind Hatfill. Webster’s vehicle did not come to a stop, and rear-ended Austin’s vehicle, which was pushed into Hatfill’s vehicle.
A passenger riding with Webster, 79-year-old Mason resident Bonnie Webster, Austin and a 12 year-old passenger, and Hatfill were all transported from the scene to the hospital with injuries.
Webster was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.