Driver inattention caused a three-vehicle accident that slowed traffic for a couple hours Friday afternoon on Hillsboro’s north side, according to the Hillsboro Police Department.
Nathan Jones, 20, of Lynchburg, was operating a black GMC pickup truck eastbound on Harry Sauner Road around 1:20 p.m. when he dropped his cell phone and reached down to retrieve it. He told officers that when he looked up, traffic in front of him was stopped and he swerved to avoid a collision, going off the left side of the road near Kibler Lumber, the police department said.
As Jones continued eastbound he swerved several times to avoid vehicles, clipped the driver’s side rear end of a Rumpke trash truck and took out a mailbox near the back entrance to TSC, then struck a maroon-colored vehicle driven by Brandon Cooper, 28, of Hillsboro, that was stopped in traffic, the police department said.
The pickup truck ended up sideways in its lane of traffic and the maroon vehicle came to a stop in the Speedway parking lot.
There was heavy damage to both the pickup truck and maroon vehicle.
“He said he just couldn’t stop,” the investigating officer said, speaking of Jones.
There were no reported injuries, but an officer said Cooper said he was going to the hospital to get checked out following the crash.
Jones was cited for failure to maintain control.
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