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Mayor-elect Benjamin in car wreck this morning

Apr 21, 2010 10:45:00 AM - thestate.com
Updated 10:45 a.m. Columbia mayor-elect Steve Benjamin was in a car accident at 5:45 this morning at the intersection of Gervais and Pickens streets, according to his spokesman and EMS officials.

Michael Wukela said Benjamin was on his way to early-morning media interviews in a Mercedes sport utility vehicle when the collision occurred. Wukela said Benjamin is OK, that he is "cooperating fully with police and his primary concern right now is that the woman in the other car is OK."

The other driver Wukela identified, driving a Toyota Tercel, was taken to Palmetto Health Richland in fair condition, according to Richland County EMS spokesman George Rice.

Wukela could not confirm if Benjamin was driving at the time of the collision.

The Columbia Police Department said the Mercedes was traveling east on Gervais Street and the Toyota was traveling north on Pickens Street, making a right turn on to Gervais.

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