Highway 16 crash splits car in half; three people hurt

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The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle accident that occurred Monday on Georgia Highway 16 East that split a car in two and sent three people to area hospitals.

Authorities have concluded alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The incident occurred Monday at approximately 10 p.m. in the 700 block of Highway 16 near Orchard Hills Golf Course, according to Trooper Derek Jackson of the Georgia State Patrol’s Newnan post.

Two passengers in a Honda Civic “came around the curve too fast,” lost control and entered the westbound lane of traffic. The car “got completely sideways” and was virtually T-boned by a Ford Expedition, according to Jackson. The impact of the collision tore the car in half.

All three of the people involved were reportedly transported by ground ambulance to Atlanta hospitals. Air ambulances were out of service at the time because of rain. Both passengers in the Honda were taken to Atlanta Medical Center in critical condition. The female driver of the Expedition was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. She was conscious and alert at the scene and Jackson believes she had minor injuries.

The identities of the motorists involved were not released Tuesday.

The driver of the Honda was determined to be at fault in the wreck, according to the trooper. Beer cans and bottles were found strewn up and down the side of the highway following the collision, according to Jackson.

“Alcohol was related, and the at-fault driver will be charged with driving under the influence and too fast for conditions,” said Jackson.

While investigators are still trying to determine the exact speed the Honda was traveling in the rain at night while allegedly under the influence, Jackson has surmised that “he had to have been going pretty fast.”

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