Police: Driver Using Cellphone Causes Beltline Crash

Two people were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries after a five-car beltline crash was caused by a driver using a cellphone early Saturday morning, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said one of the two people injured was Ashley Mezera, of Madison, who authorities said slowed nearly to a stop to use her cellphone while traveling eastbound on the Beltline between Park Street and Rimrock Road at about 6:45 a.m.

Four other eastbound vehicles were unable to avoid colliding with Mezera’s car, police said.

The eastbound lanes were closed from Park Street to Rimrock Road until about 8 a.m., when the scene was finally cleared.

Mezera faces a charge of reckless driving causing bodily harm, police said.