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Four Injured in Wednesday Crash

A two-vehicle collision on Bill Carruth Parkway sent four Dallas residents to two hospitals.

A Wednesday afternoon crash on Bill Carruth Parkway at Hiram-Sudie Road sent two adults and two children to area hospitals.

According to Georgia State Patrol Spokesman Gordy Wright, a Dodge Durango was traveling north on Bill Carruth Parkway and a Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling south. The Dodge turned left in front of the Jeep, which led to the Jeep hitting the vehicle in the right front.

The driver of the Jeep, 56-year-old Vicki Dunn Ecklund of Dallas, was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital following the crash.

Transported to Cobb Medical were three individuals in the Dodge—its 30-year-old driver, Katherine Tanicka Vaughn; 9-year-old Kiley Vaughn and 6-year-old Shanya Vaughn.

The extent of the injuries was not known as of Thursday afternoon.

Katherine Tanicka Vaughn was cited with failing to yield while turning left.

Carolyn August 03, 2012 at 11:32 AM
There are traffic lights at this intersection. If you don't have the green light, don't go. Also, if you can't see whether anything is coming or not, don't go.
Lynn Hubbard August 03, 2012 at 01:13 PM
This is close to my house and I have seen several awful wrecks. People need to slow down when they approach any intersection, esp this one.
Concerned Resident August 09, 2012 at 12:59 PM
This is a very dangerous intersection as Mel wrote. You cannot see what is coming south-bound through the intersection until you are in the intersection. And the south-bound cars that are yeilding right onto Hiram-Sudie Road,drive too fast in the deceleration lane and northbound drivers, turining left, onto Hiram-Sudie, cannot determine if they are actually turning. I think the more simple solution, other than cutting down the hill at the intersection, is to allow for the turn signals to hold longer. As it currently stands only two or three cars can turn at a time on the turn signals. If you don't risk your life, attempting to turn when the light turns green, you will be there all night during peak times. Shame on GDOT for the design of that intersection. You'd think they are desiging these roads so that we can kill ourselves. Is it genocide, or what?
Mel Krupnick August 09, 2012 at 06:26 PM
My first suggestion is to turn the turn light to RED when the straight light is GREEN, so those wanting to turn will have to wait for the next turn light. Also, post a no turn on RED sign, so there will be no early right turns.
Mel Krupnick August 09, 2012 at 06:28 PM
That's funny Carolyn --- is the 5 second rule still in effect in Georgia? THat's the one where you can go through a lite for 5 seconds after it turns red!!!

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