An accident involving an inmate occurred on Highway 34, causing several injuries. According to the Newman Times-Herald, a Coweta County Prison work detail crew was working in the median on Highway 34 East, near the intersection of Wexford Drive, when the Georgia crash occurred.
Authorities indicate that a driver in a blue Kia Sorento traveling eastbound on Hwy 34 attempted to change lanes and clipped a red Smart Car. The Smart Car was sent into the median and collided with a guard and inmate. The car also hit a Public Works F-250 truck.
The Kia was said to be out of control, crossing over to the right lane of eastbound traffic and then back again before striking a utility pole.
This multi-vehicle accident sent four people to area hospitals. Two people, including the guard and one of the drivers involved in the crash, were said to be in critical condition and were airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center for medical care.
Two others, a prison inmate and one of the other drivers, were injured in the wreck and were taken to Piedmont Newnan Hospital for medical treatment.
The Coweta accident closed the eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 34 for about 30 minutes, as the helicopter had to land.
The names of the inmate and the driver of the Kia were not released, but the guard was identified as William Duncan, and the Smart Car driver is Joseph Alexander, of Newnan.
Police are still investigating the crash but have pending charges against the Kia driver at this time.
Kalka & Baer would like to wish everyone injured in this Georgia accident a full and speedy recovery.
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