By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
An equipment malfunction caused a Monroe County woman’s vehicle to slam into two other cars, both parked along South Main Street, last Thursday afternoon, July 18.
According to Atmore Police Department reports, Dawn Hall, 61, of Monroeville was traveling south on Main Street around 3:20 p.m. when the bizarre mishap occurred.
The right-side tie rod, a device that holds the steering gear in place, broke as Hall’s 2007 Dodge Nitro reached the midpoint of the 100-block. The loss of the ability to steer the vehicle caused the Dodge to slam into the driver’s side of a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro.
The disabled vehicle continued down the side of that vehicle before ramming the rear of a 2016 Nissan Maxima and coming to a stop. The right front wheel then fell off the Dodge.
Police reports show that the Monroeville woman’s vehicle sustained heavy damage to its front and its passenger side, while the driver’s side of the Camaro was heavily damaged, from about the door to the front bumper. The Maxima’s left-side rear sustained moderate damage.
The names of the Camaro’s and Maxima’s drivers were not immediately available. Reports indicate that the driver of the Nitro was not seriously injured, and no charges were filed.