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Friday, December 21, 2018

Scary Accident Damages Multiple Vehicles, Signs on S. Fort Thomas Avenue

A Fort Thomas man was involved in a series of car accidents this afternoon on S. Fort Thomas Avenue today at around 1:00 p.m., when the vehicle he was driving jumped the curb in front of the Blue Marble Bookstore and preceded to hit four cars and taking out multiple street signs.

He came to a stop just north of the Fort Thomas water tower at Tower Park when he slammed into the back of a stopped vehicle.

No one was hurt.

Longtime Blue Marble employee Chris Kleemeier described the incident as surprising and scary.

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She said that customer was parked just outside of the store in her van and that the driver came from behind them, narrowly missing her vehicle before jumping the curb, running over two street signs and side-swiping a fire hydrant.

"It's lucky that school hadn't let out just yet," she said.

City workers begin to clean up the damage. 
Police describe the man as elderly and believe a possible medical emergency could have been occurring while the man was driving. An off-duty Campbell County Police officer was following the man in his personal vehicle and doing everything he could to try and get the vehicle stopped.

The driver was eventually stopped by police after driving a half mile on S. Fort Thomas Avenue, past the busy Midway business district. According to dispatch, multiple individuals made calls to 911 to report the incident as it was occurring.

He was taken to St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas for medical evaluation. It's not clear if any charges will be filed.

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