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Multi-car wreck results in several injuries

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Public-safety authorities in Henry County responded to a multi-car crash Thursday that resulted in several people being treated for injuries at area hospitals.

The collision took place at approximately 7:30 p.m., Thursday at the intersection of Kelleytown Road and Ga. Highway 155 in McDonough. According to Henry County Police Sgt. Rene Swanson, the incident involved a Ford Escort, a Honda Odyssey and a Lexus RX-330.

Swanson did not provide details regarding how the accident occurred, but said the vehicles ended up in a field near the street. The sergeant said that, when emergency workers arrived, a male at the scene was cut out of one vehicle, and two other individuals had to be "extricated" from another.

Henry County Fire Capt. Sabrina Puckett said one person involved in the wreck was transported by air to medical care, and five others were taken by ground to local hospitals.

Dave Cannon, 55, lives just outside of McDonough and was on his way home when he saw the wreck take place. Cannon, a retired Clayton County police detective, said when the collision occurred, he exited his vehicle and ran to help two female victims in one of the cars, until firefighters arrived.

He said he was "impressed" with the firefighters' "professional" response to the wreck, and their interaction with those who were injured in the incident, including several teenagers.

"These young men became ... father figures to the victims," said Cannon. "I saw them take a blanket, and cover these kids, so the glass wouldn't hurt them. They treated the kids so delicately and with love, like a father with a newborn baby."

Cannon said although he had worked on numerous accident cases as a detective, during Thursday's crash, he was a "spectator for the first time."

"Everyone knew their job, and they did it, he said. "They're experts at what they do, and they don't get enough credit."

Capt. Puckett said the response to the collision by firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics, points to their experience as "highly trained professionals."

"They train regularly to ensure that when they are called to duty, they are prepared to mitgate the emergency situation they are faced with," she said.

Authorities did not provide details regarding the extent of the victims' injuries, and no additional information on the wreck was available Friday.