Accident sends seven to hospital

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A wreck on Interstate 20 sent seven people to the hospital in an accident involving four vehicles Sunday afternoon.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, a Toyota Yaris was traveling along I-20 around 3 p.m. where it narrowed into one lane due to roadwork. Behind the car were two Harley Davidson motorcycles and a Chevrolet Malibu.

When the Yaris slowed down for the traffic bottleneck, the motorcycles did as well, but the Malibu reportedly did not, plowing through the bikes and striking the Yaris squarely in the rear of the vehicle.

“The Chevy hit both the motorcycles, throwing one into the median and the other into the emergency lane,” said Trooper Shaun Browder, of the GSP. “It then hit the Toyota from behind.”

The motorcyclists, identified as Ike Weaver Jr., of Decatur, and Jimmy Keithron Forney, of Lithonia, were both transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, with their injuries reported as the most serious.
The driver of the Yaris, identified as Grady Bryson Howard, of Alpharetta, and the front-seat passenger, Doug Hasser, were both taken to Walton Regional Medical Center. There were also two children in the vehicle Grace Howard, 10, was taken to Egleston Children’s Hospital and Alicia Howard, 16, was taken to Atlanta Medical Center.

The driver of the Malibu was identified as Bruce Fry, 56, of Franklin, Tenn. He was taken to Walton Regional Medical Center for treatment. Browder said charges are pending in the collision.

Browder was unable to provide information on the extent of the injuries of any involved in the crash but said he believes all are in stable condition.

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