A two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Allen Memorial Drive and the U.S. Highway 441 bypass on Tuesday night in Baldwin County sent nine people, including four children, to the local hospital with various injuries, authorities say.
Firefighters/first responders with Baldwin County Fire Rescue, along with personnel from Grady Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene of the crash shortly after 8 p.m. Several of the victims had to be extricated from the car by firefighters who used a specialized cutting tool known as the “Jaws of Life.”
After rescue workers freed the victims from a 2013 Hyundai Sonata and a 2003 Ford Explorer XLT, which were demolished in the collision, they were placed in ambulances and taken to the emergency room of Navicent Health Baldwin hospital in Milledgeville.
The adults treated at the scene and later taken to the hospital included the drivers of both vehicles, as well as three other people, one age 23, and two others whose ages were not listed on a wreck report from the Georgia State Patrol. Four children, ages 3, 4, 6 and 12, also were injured.
Trooper First Class 3 Patrick Prosser of the Georgia State Patrol post in Milledgeville said the drivers of both vehicles gave conflicting statements about what caused the wreck.
The driver of the car was identified as Tony Edwards Horton, 21, of 101 Bland St., Milledgeville, while the driver of the SUV was identified as Candice Renee Washington, 26, of 225 Lee St., Milledgeville, according to a wreck report obtained Thursday from the Georgia State Patrol.
Prosser said in his report that Horton and Washington both claimed that the traffic signal was green at the intersection where the wreck happened.
“Due to conflicting statements, and no witnesses present, it was undetermined which driver failed to obey the traffic control device while traveling through the intersection,” Prosser said in his report.
Prosser also noted that neither of the drivers had a valid driver’s license. He said both drivers had suspended licenses resulting from violations for failure to appear in court.
Both drivers were cited for driving with a suspended license, according to the wreck report.
The veteran trooper said his investigation revealed that Horton was traveling south in the left southbound lane of Ga. Route 29 and approaching the intersection with Allen Memorial Drive prior to the crash with the SUV.
Washington, meanwhile, was traveling east on Allen Memorial Drive and approaching Ga. Route 29.
“As both vehicles were traveling through the intersection, (Horton’s) vehicle struck (Washington’s) vehicle in the left front side,” Prosser said in his report.
After the impact, Horton’s car traveled 102 feet across the intersection before it left the roadway off the east shoulder of Ga. Route 29, Prosser said. The car then struck a crosswalk signal and guardrail with its front end, he added.
After impact with Horton’s car, Washington’s SUV rotated clockwise and traveled 30 feet before overturning onto its left side. The SUV then struck the ground with its top right side before it continued overturning. It then traveled another 16 feet before it struck the ground with its top left side.