DECATUR — Firefighters said three people were injured late Sunday morning when two minivans were in a collision at West Grand and Oakland avenues in Decatur.

Battalion Chief Jim Ohl said crews responded to the accident at 11:31 a.m. and assisted two adult females and an adult male out of the vehicles. “One gentleman was complaining of some cardiac issues and all three patients were sent to local hospitals,” Ohl added.

Ohl said the intersection was blocked off for about 50 minutes while firefighters and first responders worked the scene. The battalion chief said he was dismayed, however, by the number of vehicles that tried to drive through the accident area.

“We always have people who think they can cut right through no matter how many many flashing lights we have and how many cones we put out,” Ohl added. “We had to turn several cars around that were trying to cut right in between our fire apparatus and the vehicles involved in the accident.”

Ohl said two weeks ago a vehicle trying to drive through a Decatur accident scene ran into the side of a tower ladder truck. “I don’t know what people are thinking,” Ohl added.

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