Afternoon wreck diverts downtown traffic

Third Avenue and Fillmore Street was the location of the wreck.

Three people were taken to the hospital after a crash that left parts of downtown Amarillo at a standstill Thursday afternoon.

Amarillo Police said a red 2000 Lincoln Navigator was driving eastbound right after noon on 3rd at South Fillmore. Police said they believe the driver of the Lincoln, a 28-year-old woman from Amarillo, ran the red light and entered the intersection.

The two vehicles that were northbound on S. Fillmore, according to police, struck the right side of the SUV. One of the vehicles was a white 1999 Ford van that had two people inside. The other vehicle was a red 2006 Ford Expedition that included just the driver.

Police said the impact caused the Navigator to roll over and strike a transit bus operated by the City of Amarillo. The bus was about to turn westbound to northbound at 3rd and S. Fillmore. It sustained only minor damage to left front side.

The driver and passenger of the Navigator were transported to the hospital; the injuries were not described as serious. A passenger of the bus was also transported to the hospital because of a complaint of illness.

As for the occupants of the other vehicles, they were not injured.

The wreck caused the intersection to be blocked for approximately two hours.

Amarillo Police said it is continuing its investigation into the crash. No charges have been filed.