A two-car collision on Dixie Road and County Road 213 on Monday afternoon left one vehicle overturned, three people with minor injuries and one person requiring an airlift transport for medical treatment.
A black two-door Honda Accord driven by an 18-year-old female heading south on Dixie Road and a white Dodge Ram driven by a 30-year-old man with two male passengers heading west on County Road 213 collided around 4:20 p.m. on Monday, according to the Newton County Fire Department. The white truck flipped into the air, coming to a stop upside down, resting on the cab.
Luis Morales, 39, a passenger in the truck, was airlifted from the scene with head injuries and several fractures according to the Newton County Fire Department. He was admitted to Atlanta Medical Center's emergency room, where he was reported by a hospital spokesperson to be in fair condition as of Tuesday evening.
According to witnesses, the driver of the black Accord came to a stop at the stop sign but then continued into the intersection, apparently not seeing the oncoming white Dodge truck.
The truck swerved in an attempt to avoid the Accord, but the two cars collided. The truck flipped into the air, scattering paint cans and equipment across the road, and came to a rest overturned by the side of the road.
The three men were part of a house-painting company owned by Morales, said Carlos Abriz, 30, the driver of the truck and Morales's nephew. A shaken-looking Abriz said he and the other passenger only suffered minor cuts to their arms but his uncle had been bleeding from his head, which was trapped between the road and the truck. This was the first time they had had an accident, said Abriz.
At the scene, splatters of red and white paint and broken glass covered the roadway and the smell of paint thinner hung in the air. The impact had torn away a portion of the front section of the Accord, which still had beads and a UGA token hanging from the rearview mirror.
Next-door-neighbors Angela Mitchell and Lance Harper were heading home east on County Road 213 when they saw the accident happen and each swerved off the road, narrowly missing the hurtling vehicles.
Georgia State Patrol office in Conyers said this had been the first major accident at the intersection within the last year.