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    Four cars collide on Dartmouth Street of Albany

    Four cars collided on Dartmouth St. of Albany Sunday. Photo by Linda (Linjun) Fan

    A black Prius ran into a Toyota 4Runner at the crossing of Dartmouth Street and Evelyn Avenue Sunday, crashing into two other cars parked near the intersection. No person suffered major injuries but the vehicles were heavily damaged.

    The Prius was going southward along Evelyn Ave. and the 4Runner going eastward along Dartmouth St. when they collided, according to Officer Jose Lara of the Albany Police Department.

    It was not clear whether the Prius driver had run the stop sign on Evelyn Ave. approaching Dartmouth St.. Lara said that the police department would conduct further investigation and finish a report on the accident by the end of this week.

    Javon Wallace, driver of the 4Runner, said he was driving at about 20 miles per hour when he suddenly felt the crash.

    “She (the Prius driver) ran a stop sign and hit me”, said Wallace.

    Javon Wallace sat on the front stairs of a house near the collision scene while Lt. Mike Cesmat of the Albany Fire Department tested his blood pressure. None of the drivers got major injuries. Photo by Linda (Linjun) Fan

    Wallace’s car then crashed into a Cherokee parked on the street, which was pushed to hit a Chevrolet Venture parked in its front.

    Four cars had been badly damaged when the two drivers recovered from the shock of the chain collision.

    “She was kind of scared as I was,” Wallace said.

    After talking with police, the Prius driver, who declined interview, sat on the ground of a sidewalk watching her tattered car being towed away.

    The shattered Prius. Photo by Linda (Linjun) Fan.

    The accident happened around 3 p.m., Sunday, with three loud bangs disturbing the quiet neighborhood.

    Nick Birnbaun, owner of the damaged Cherokee, was asleep in his house across the street then he heard the sound.

    “I looked out of the window and saw this huge accident, and I found my car get totaled,” he said.

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