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Multiple car accidents send 7 to the hospital

July 28, 2007

Albany -- Two separate traffic accidents in Dougherty County send seven people to the hospital.

Two multiple vehicle accidents just minutes apart from each other in Dougherty County had police and emergency response units busy around 11 o'clock this morning.

Eyewitnesses to a 3 vehicle accident at the corner of West Gordon Avenue and William Pitts Jr. Drive were in shock at the crash site after they witnessed a car go air born, and land in a residential yard.

In all, six people were involved in an accident eyewitnesses say resulted from a driver running a stop sign.

"Everything started piling up around here. The police cars, ambulance, and fire trucks, everything just came through," said Carlos Sherman.

Sherman, who lives nearby, rushed to the aid of the victims. He said, "I heard the truck flipping, so I rushed outside and tried to help the lady in the blue truck. Her leg got busted up real bad."

EMS units were dispatched to the crash scene at 11:24 AM. According to eyewitness, the driver of a brown Ford Contour ran the stop sign before hitting this blue Dodge Ram pickup traveling in the southbound lane.

Two people were inside a black Ford Explorer when it hit the Dodge pickup and flipped over, scattering debris and trapping the driver inside.

Tracey Boyd's sister and her niece were inside the blue Dodge Ram when they were struck by the Contour.

She said, "My niece called me and told me there had been in a wreck, and that a car had hit them and another car went into the air, and we just left work and came up here."

Boyd's sister, Melissa Ford, who was driving the Dodge pickup, had already lost a leg in a separate accident, had just undergone knee surgery.

"She was just screaming in a lot of pain because her knee had just busted back open. She kept telling them not cut her leg off," said Boyd.

We learned that Melissa Ford is listed in good condition at Phoebe-Putney Memorial Hospital. All 6 people involved in the accident were transported to area hospitals. No word on their conditions.

APD is in charge of the investigation. No word on what charges have been filed against the driver of the Ford Contour.

Just minutes before the accident in Albany, a separate accident on US 19 in Dougherty County sent one to the hospital after police say a car clipped a tractor trailer.

This is what is left of a Gray Mercury Grand Marquis after the vehicle crossed paths with a tractor trailer truck near the Mitchell County line.

It happened shortly after 11 this morning.

"The car swerved lanes into the path of the tractor trailer. The driver or the tractor trailer went down into the median to try and avoid the other car. The car went down into the median after the trailer and went up under the trailer. They both wound up just inside Mitchell County, luckily no one was hurt seriously." said Sgt. E. A. Hermann of the Dougherty County Police.

One woman was transported to the hospital complaining of glass in her eyes. The driver of the Mercury was charged with driving on a suspended license.

The tractor trailer driver was coming from Montezuma, Georgia. Police say no charges will be filed against him.

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