1 killed, 1 injured in 2 wrecks

Tue, 08/25/2009 - 4:04pm
By: John Munford


A Hampton man died Monday morning after his car struck a tractor trailer on Ga. Highway 279 near Imperial Way shortly after midnight.

Vance R. Johnson, 44, was driving south on Hwy. 279 when his vehicle crossed into the northbound lanes and the path of a tractor trailer driven by Victor Soto, 46, of Bogart, according to sheriff’s deputies.

The crash was a head-on collision, and Johnson died at the scene, deputies said. The crash caused heavy damage to both vehicles.

Neither Soto nor a passenger in his truck were injured; they were wearing seatbelts. Johnson was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, deputies said.

The investigation is being conducted by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies are not expecting to file any charges related to the crash.

On Tuesday morning, a woman suffered multiple serious injuries in a three-car crash at Ga. Highway 74 and Wisdom Road in Peachtree City, police said.

Police shut down busy Hwy. 74 for a time to allow a medevac helicopter to land.

The woman was flown to Atlanta Medical Center, police said. The drivers of the two other vehicles had minor or no apparent injuries, police said.

Police were not releasing the woman’s name at press time Tuesday afternoon.

The crash appeared to have occurred when the woman’s Buick LeSabre left Wisdom Road attempting to turn left onto the southbound lanes of Hwy. 74, police said. The woman apparently pulled into the path of a Dodge Ram pickup that was going north on Hwy. 74, and the two vehicles collided, police said.

The woman’s car then entered the median and apparently struck a Ford F-250 Georgia Power truck that was stopped in the southbound turn lane preparing to turn left onto Wisdom Road, police said.

The intersection is in the process of having a traffic signal installed.

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Submitted by R6260 on Thu, 08/27/2009 - 12:02pm.

Peachtree City you need to get your act together. I live off of Rock-Away Road and this is a huge area for accidents. You keep saying that the road will be joined soon by Wilshire Pavillion. It is ridiculous. The Peachtree City Police are here to Serve and Protect. Well they need to protect until a light goes up especially during the times of 7:00 AM until 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM until 6 PM. You protect when we have a special function brining in several tax dollars to the community but you need to protect the everyday people that travel this path every day.

On Sunday you protect the people from the Church at Holy Trinity and the one Church on Hwy 74 just where this accident happened. Again wake up and put the lights on. Mayor I hope your family does not have a kids game on the Softball fields or Soccor fields and you make the turn and an accident happens.

Please before someone is killed put a light up or staff it with Police during these hours.

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