Published: 2:41 pm, Wed. Dec. 20th, 2017Updated: 2:40 pm
A Chevrolet pickup rests on its driver’s side at 13th Street and Grand Avenue this morning following a two-vehicle collision that ultimately involved four. According to Artesia Police Department Cmdr. Lindell Smith, the driver of the black GMC Denali pictured at left was traveling westbound on Grand Avenue when its driver attempted to beat the yellow light, failing and colliding with the Chevrolet heading south on 13th. The impact flipped the pickup onto its side and forced it into the Ford F150, seen at right, which was stationary on Grand at the eastbound light. As the Chevy flipped, paint and gas cans, tools, and other items flew out of its bed and caused damage to a Ford Mustang (not visible at far right) that was also stopped at the light. Smith said all three vehicles involved in the collision were incapacitated and towed from the scene. The driver of the Chevrolet was initially unable to exit the pickup but did with assistance and was transported by private vehicle to Artesia General Hospital. The driver of the F150 was transported to AGH by ambulance. The driver of the Denali was subsequently cited for misdemeanor careless due regard for traffic.