1 transported after truck-vs-car collision

From Local Sources

JASPER — One driver was transported for treatment after a pickup truck-versus-passenger car collision late Monday morning at 13th and Newton streets.

John M. Benton, 66, Celestine, was northbound on Newton Street in a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu at the time of the 11:05 a.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

James S. Spellmeyer, 68, Jasper, was eastbound on 13th Street and had stopped his 1997 Ford F-150 at the Newton Street traffic light.

Benton allegedly told police he thought he had a green light and continued into the intersection.

Police said the driver’s side of Benton’s Chevrolet was struck by the Spellmeyer Ford.

Spellmeyer told police the light had turned green for 13th Street traffic and police said a witness who was westbound on 13th Street agreed, saying the Malibu ran the red traffic signal.

Benton suffered a cut to his left arm but declined treatment, according to police.

Spellmeyer complained of chest pain and was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, according to Jasper police.

Damage was estimated at $8,000 to the Benton Malibu and $7,000 to the Spellmeyer Ford.

Police cited Benton for disregarding an automatic traffic signal.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.


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