This item originally appeared in the September 23, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.
By SHARON MOORE
A five-car accident on Adams Boulevard Thursday around 4 p.m. resulted in no injuries, although a woman and child were taken by ambulance to the hospital for precaution. Police would not release the names or ages of those involved.
University police officials said a car heading north on Adams Boulevard made a U-turn into the south-bound lane and apparently failed to yield to traffic. The car, a beige Toyota Corolla, then struck a car in the south-bound lane.
The driver of the second car, a blue Honda Accord, lost control after being struck by the Corolla and impacted a parked Volkswagen Beetle, crossed the median and struck a parked Nissan Sentra and an Isuzu Rodeo that was backing out from a parking space.
Matt Caraway, a civil engineering major, said he witnessed the accident. His description of the event matched the account given by the police.
"I was walking fast up there just to make sure everyone was OK," Caraway said. "It was loud."
Mandi Richard was driving up the north-bound lane of Adams Boulevard when she witnessed the second part of the accident. Richard, a freshman animal science major, agreed with Caraway on the volume of the incident.
"Oh, yeah, it was loud," Richard said. "I heard it over the [noise of the] radio, and the radio was loud."
Christy Lemcool is the owner of the Nissan Sentra. Lemcool, a freshman graphic design major, found her car perpendicular to the flow of traffic in the north-bound lane.
"I wasn't even out here," Lemcool said. "I came outside and said, 'Oh, I'm glad that isn't me.' But it is."
Several people on the scene took photographs of the damage for insurance purposes, including the owners of the Sentra and Rodeo.
The driver of the Corolla declined to comment about the incident. An onlooker did not decline comment, however.
"I don't think she has anything to say about this unfortunate accident," the onlooker said.
Captain Raymond Merritt, of the university police, said such an event can be prevented by the students being more observant of their surroundings.
"The campus is congested," Merritt said. "Students should just take a few more seconds to slow down and see what is going on."
Merritt also said pedestrians should be aware when walking through the crosswalks.
"[The pedestrians] have the right-of-way," Merritt said. "You want to be right, but you don't want to be dead right."