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Accident injures 5-year-old girl

By Ed Brock

An accident at a Jonesboro intersection injured a 5-year-old girl who was flown to Atlanta for precautionary treatment.

Around 5 p.m. Shirley Smith, 42, of Lawrenceville was making a left turn from Ga. Highway 138 onto Spur Ga. 138 near Jonesboro, Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner said.

Smith made the turn against the light and her Dodge Stratus was hit by a Ford Explorer driven by 21-year-old Janie Gay of Griffin.

Smith had her 5-year-old niece in the car and since medics at the scene were uncertain if she suffered internal injuries the girl was flown to Children's Health Care of Atlanta at Eggleston as a precaution, Turner said. Her injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

Gay had her 5-month-old baby with her but they were both treated at the scene and released.

Smith was cited for failure to yield at a red light.

Police closed part of Ga. 138 to serve as a landing zone for the helicopter. Jewel Clinton of Riverdale was one of several motorists who pulled into a QT gas station near the intersection to wait for traffic to clear.

Clinton said at the time that somebody probably ran a light to cause the accident.

"My son-in-law got hit at this same light," Clinton said.