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Tuesday accident tied up Highway 3

Farmington emergency workers responded to a two-car accident Tuesday afternoon on Highway 3 near 200th Street.

A section of Highway 3 was closed for about an hour Tuesday as police and ambulance crews attended to an accident that left three women injured.

According to Farmington police sergeant Jim Murphy, two vehicles were headed southbound on Highway 3. The woman driver of the first vehicle, a Scion XA, had stopped to make a left-hand turn onto 200th Street. While she was stopped, the second vehicle, a Mercury Tracer driven by an elderly woman, struck the Scion from behind.

The Tracer came to a stop in the southeast ditch at the intersection. Farmington fire marshal John Powers said the Tracer's driver and her passenger, another woman, reported arm soreness and were transported by ALF Ambulance to a medical facility. The driver of the Scion reported soreness in her neck and was also transported to a medical facility.

That particular intersection concerns Empire Township Board of Supervisors chairman Terry Holmes, who stopped by the scene. Fatalities in 2006 and 2007 occurred at the same location. Township officials havae looked at sightlines and other aspects of the intersection, but Holmes said the solution comes down to safe driving.

"If they would just slow down, a lot of this could be avoided," he said.