Woman killed in Tuesday car crash
Published 3:19 pm Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Wednesday update: The victim of Tuesday’s accident on Georgia 97 North has been identified by the Georgia State Patrol as Melissa Wynn Wright, 38, of Mitchell County, Ga.
A woman was killed Tuesday afternoon when her SUV collided with a semi-trailer truck on State Route 97 North near the Vada community, according to officials with the Georgia State Patrol.
The accident happened at approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, a short distance north of the intersection of State Route 97 and Adolph Brock Road, or about seven miles northeast of Bainbridge.
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The accident victim was an adult female whose identity was not immediately known, said Cpl. Kenny Jones of the GSP’s Colquitt, Ga., post.
The woman was driving a white Ford Expedition south on State Route 97 and had just manuevered through a curve next to a large oak tree when she apparently crossed over the highway’s center line, Jones said.
The SUV, which was partially in the northbound lanes, collided with a semi-trailer truck headed north on State Route 97. Darby Kay, 44, of Fort Payne, Ala., was driving the semi truck for Climate Express, a company based in Union, Mo.
The SUV reportedly spun around 180 degrees and caught fire after the collision, trapping the female driver, State Trooper First Class Walt Landrum said. Kay injured his hand on a glass window while attempting to free the SUV’s driver after the crash, Landrum said.
Flames from the SUV caught the grass next to the highway on fire and the brush fire spread to the semi truck, which was also damaged by fire, state troopers said.
In addition to the State Patrol, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, Decatur County Fire and Rescue, volunteer firefighters, and the Emergency Medical Service also responded to the wreck.
The Georgia Department of Transportation detoured traffic around the accident site for at least three hours.