Vehicle Crashes into College Street Bridge, Injures Local Woman

July 6, 2013
Dwayne Page
Smithville Fire Department on Scene of Crash
Lincoln Navigator Crashes into College Street Bridge

A Smithville woman was transported by DeKalb EMS to the hospital Saturday afternoon after her 2001 Lincoln Navigator crashed into the College Street (Veterans Memorial) bridge in the underpass on Broad Street.

Corporal Travis Bryant of the Smithville Police Department told WJLE that 32 year old Christy Lawson was traveling west on Broad Street when she left her lane of travel, crossed both eastbound lanes, and went up an embankment where the front passenger side of the vehicle struck a bridge support. Upon impact, the vehicle spun and then came to a stop.

Lawson was reportedly trapped in the vehicle. Members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department rushed to the scene to perform extrication. Lawson was removed from the Lincoln Navigator and taken by ambulance to DeKalb Community Hospital. Her injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

Police say a medical episode may have caused Lawson to lose control of the vehicle. She was cited for driving on a suspended license, violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance), and failing to maintain her lane of travel.

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