Two killed in wreck Monday

Published 3:31 pm Monday, January 25, 2010

A young girl and her grandmother were killed in an automobile accident which happened in Brinson at the intersection of U.S. 84 West and Georgia 310 on Monday afternoon.

Eleven-year-old Ansley Trawick was riding in the front passenger seat of a Chevrolet Equinox SUV driven by her grandmother, Helen B. Dick, 69, of Brinson. The wreck happened at about 12:05 p.m. when the SUV’s driver, who was headed south on Georgia 310, attempted to cross the eastbound lanes of the highway and drove into the path of an oncoming truck, according to Sheriff’s deputies at the scene.

A Windward Petroleum tanker truck collided forcefully with the passenger side of the SUV, causing major damage. Decatur County Fire and Rescue rushed to try to free the girl, who was trapped in the vehicle, however she passed away as a result of injuries from the crash.

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Mrs. Dick was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital, where she died Monday afternoon, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Both the girl and her grandmother lived on Yates Spring Road near Brinson. Friends of their family said Dick was supposed to have been taking her granddaughter to a orthodontic appointment on Monday.

After the collision, both vehicles skidded a short distance along the outside eastbound lane of U.S. 84. The tanker truck came to rest, however, the SUV apparently bounced off a utility pole and then turned sharply behind a building. It crossed back over Georgia 310 and went into a brush-filled ditch near the two highways’ intersection.

Emergency vehicles blocked off traffic on Georgia 310 South at the crash site for about two hours.

State Trooper Walt Landrum of the Georgia State Patrol’s Colquitt, Ga., post is investigating the crash. GSP Sgt. Marc Godby said the release of other information about the crash is pending.

The tanker truck is registered to Windward Petroleum of Pearl, Miss., and carries lubrication oil, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation vehicle information database.