Sev­eral in­jured in Rock­mart High­way wreck

The Standard Journal - - POLICE - By Doug Walker Rome News-Tri­bune

A head-on wreck on the Rock­mart High­way south of the Bethel Church Road in­ter­sec­tion just be­fore 6 p.m. on May 20, sent four women to Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter with se­ri­ous in­juries.

Po­lice had not re­leased any names as of press time over the week­end.

Floyd County of­fi­cer C. Wright said a Kia Se­dona that was north­bound on the two- lane high­way crossed over the cen­ter line and slammed headon into a Lin­coln Nav­i­ga­tor bear­ing Pauld­ing County plates.

The im­pact spun the Nav­i­ga­tor around in front of a Honda Ac­cord with a Polk tag that was also south­bound be­hind the Nav­i­ga­tor and those two ve­hi­cles hit head-on.

Mark Wil­lis of Pow­der Springs, who was on his way to Rome for a pro­duc­tion at the DeSoto The­atre, was one of the first peo­ple on the scene and said he could im­me­di­ately tell there were se­ri­ous in­juries.

“Peo­ple were stand­ing out here shak­ing the head and feel­ing their chest,” Wil­lis said.

He went around the Nav­i­ga­tor to check on the women in that ve­hi­cle but dis­cov­ered the front pas­sen­ger’s side door would not open be­cause the front end of the vehi- cle had been col­lapsed back into the front seat.

Rome- Floyd County Fire Depart­ment Chief Brad Beall said that two of the women in the Nav­i­ga­tor suf­fered se­ri­ous leg in­juries.

Both of those pas­sen­gers were trans­ported to FMC along with the driver.

Five peo­ple were in the Honda Ac­cord; how­ever only one, a woman, was taken to FMC for treat­ment.

The Kia Se­dona ca­reened off the high­way and into a ditch on the west side of the road. Both the driver and one pas­sen­ger de­clined treat­ment at the scene.

The driver of the Se­dona was charged with fail­ing to main­tain the lane of traf­fic.

The wreck shut down both lanes of traf­fic on Rock­mart High­way for close to three hours.

Doug Walker / Rome News-Tri­bune

De­bris is strewn across Rock­mart High­way on May 20 af­ter a three-car wreck sent four peo­ple to area hos­pi­tals.

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