COLUMBIA — Three cars were involved in a crash Friday afternoon in the rightmost northbound lane of Stadium Boulevard.
Columbia Police Department Lt. Timothy Moriarity was the first officer on the scene after he witnessed part of the accident. Moriarity said he saw an Acura TL rear-end a Nissan Frontier. Airbags did not deploy in either vehicle.
A moment later, Moriarity said he heard the crash between the Acura and a Nissan Gallant. The airbags deployed, damaging the windshield of the Gallant on the passenger side.
Police said the crash occurred when the driver of the Frontier, David Wolfe, 49, braked to avoid hitting a pickup truck that had stopped suddenly.
Wolfe said he felt both impacts.
“My head rocked back twice,” said Wolfe.
Wolfe and his dog were uninjured in the crash, and the damage to the back end of his car was minimal. The accident caved Wolfe’s bumper, shorted the left brake light and he lost his spare tire, but his truck remained drivable and he was allowed to leave the scene.
The passenger of the Gallant was transported to University Hospital after being checked by an EMT on the scene. No injuries were apparent and the passenger was able to walk, but Moriarity said she seemed a bit shaken up.
Police did not release the names of the other two drivers involved in the accident. Those drivers refused comment at the scene.
All drivers and passengers were wearing seatbelts. No tickets were issued.