Minor injuries reported in downtown crash with car and cab

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson
Chuck DeBaun, of the Fort Dodge Fire Department, right, and another Fort Dodge firefighter/paramedic, left, tend to Michael Thomas, 51, of Fort Dodge, Monday afternoon after a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of First Avenue North and North Ninth Street. Thomas was the driver of the 2006 Chevrolet Impala operated by Quick Cabs, of Fort Dodge. He was traveling eastbound on First Avenue North behind a 2008 Chrysler Sebring driven by Sherry Branson, 33, of Fort Dodge. Branson slowed her vehicle for a pedestrian crossing the street and Thomas was unable to stop his vehicle before crashing into the back of Branson’s car, according to Sgt. Steve Hanson, of the Fort Dodge Police Department. Thomas was treated on scene and transported with non-life-threatening injuries to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center. Branson had two children riding with her at the time of the crash. The kids were also treated for minor injuries, Hanson said. According to Hanson, Branson was cited for no insurance. The Fort Dodge Fire Department, Fort Dodge Police Department, and a Webster County sheriff’s deputy were on scene.