Emergency personnel responded shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday to a three-vehicle crash on Route 3 at Veterans Parkway in Columbia. A traffic signal light was knocked down as a result of the crash.
Police said a 2004 Ford F150 driven by Zachary Favazza, 22, of New Athens, was traveling south on Route 3 when it lost control, struck the traffic signal and collided with a Toyota RAV4 and a Nissan Altima that were stopped at the red light on Veterans Parkway near McDonald’s.
The driver of the Toyota, 64-year-old Stephen Thackrey of Columbia, was transported to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of a chest injury caused by airbag deployment.
The driver of the Nissan, a 17-year-old from Columbia, was not injured. Favazza was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.