Three in­jured in auto ac­ci­dent

One air­lifted fol­low­ing twocar col­li­sion

The Covington News - - Local News - By Michelle Kim

A two-car col­li­sion on Dixie Road and County Road 213 on Mon­day af­ter­noon left one ve­hi­cle over­turned, three peo­ple with mi­nor in­juries and one per­son re­quir­ing an airlift trans­port for med­i­cal treat­ment.

A black two-door Honda Ac­cord driven by an 18-yearold fe­male head­ing south on Dixie Road and a white Dodge Ram driven by a 30-year-old man with two male pas­sen­gers head­ing west on County Road 213 col­lided around 4:20 p.m. on Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to the New­ton County Fire De­part­ment. The white truck flipped into the air, com­ing to a stop up­side down, rest­ing on the cab.

Luis Mo­rales, 39, a pas­sen­ger in the truck, was air­lifted from the scene with head in­juries and sev­eral frac­tures ac­cord­ing to the New­ton County Fire De­part­ment. He was ad­mit­ted to At­lanta Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s emer­gency room, where he was re­ported by a hospi­tal spokesper­son to be in fair con­di­tion as of Tues­day evening.

Ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses, the driver of the black Ac­cord came to a stop at the stop sign but then con­tin­ued into the in­ter­sec­tion, ap­par­ently not see­ing the on­com­ing white Dodge truck.

The truck swerved in an at­tempt to avoid the Ac­cord, but the two cars col­lided. The truck flipped into the air, scat­ter­ing paint cans and equip­ment across the road, and came to a rest over­turned by the side of the road.

The three men were part of a house-paint­ing com­pany owned by Mo­rales, said Car­los Abriz, 30, the driver of the truck and Mo­rales’s nephew. A shak­en­look­ing Abriz said he and the other pas­sen­ger only suf­fered mi­nor cuts to their arms but his un­cle had been bleed­ing from his head, which was trapped be­tween the road and the truck. This was the first time they had had an ac­ci­dent, said Abriz.

At the scene, splat­ters of red and white paint and bro­ken glass cov­ered the road­way and the smell of paint thin­ner hung in the air. The im­pact had torn away a por­tion of the front sec­tion of the Ac­cord, which still had beads and a UGA to­ken hang­ing from the rearview mir­ror.

Next-door-neigh­bors An­gela Mitchell and Lance Harper were head­ing home east on County Road 213 when they saw the ac­ci­dent hap­pen and each swerved off the road, nar­rowly miss­ing the hurtling ve­hi­cles.

Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol of­fice in Cony­ers said this had been the first ma­jor ac­ci­dent at the in­ter­sec­tion within the last year.

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