Husband, wife, sister named in Coffee Co. fatal crash

Husband, wife, sister named in Coffee Co. fatal crash

COFFEE CO., GA (WALB) - Officials say three people are dead after a crash in Coffee County Friday morning.

It happened just before 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of GA Hwy. 268 and GA Hwy. 206.

According to a report, Mary Merritt, her husband Roy, and her sister Annie Lou Pittman were traveling east on Hwy. 268 in a Cadillac DeVille.

Georgia State Patrol troopers said Merritt did not yield the right of way at the intersection, and collided with a box truck traveling north on Hwy. 206.

They said the driver of the truck, Lance Seymour, tried to avoid hitting the Cadillac and swerved, but still collided with it on the right side.

Officials said Roy Merritt was thrown out of the car. No one in the Cadillac was wearing a seat belt.

All three people in the car were taken to the hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The driver of the truck, Seymour, was not injured in the crash.

Troopers said Merritt may not have been able to see the coming truck.

"I was traveling the same direction they were," said Brandon Smith with Georgia State Patrol. "When I pulled up and looked to the right, which was the direction the box truck was coming, the sun was right in my eyes. I am sure with them being elderly that made it that much harder for them to see."

Coffee County Sheriff Doyle Wooten says he has received a number of complaints from residents who believe a caution light is needed at the intersection.

There are signs on highway 268 that warn drivers traffic on highway 206 doesn't stop at the intersection.

Troopers said no charges will be filed. The crash blocked traffic lanes for about 45 minutes.

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