Updating previous stories: 17 die on Georgia roads over Independence Day weekend.  Two hurt as vehicle overturns on I-75 south near Emerson Wednesday. Storms knocked out power for 2,000 customers, all service restored.

Updating previous stories: 17 die on Georgia roads over Independence Day weekend. Two hurt as vehicle overturns on I-75 south near Emerson Wednesday. Storms knocked out power for 2,000 customers, all service restored.

 

The impact of Wednesday night’s accident on I-75 south near Emerson. DOT photo.

Some updates from our Wednesday reports:

From the Department of Highway Safety: Traffic crashes across Georgia during the July Fourth holiday travel period resulted in 17 traffic deaths. This year, the holiday began at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 30, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. Georgia State Troopers investigated 620 traffic crashes that resulted in 260 injuries and 11 fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 294 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 9,945 citations and 14,767 warnings were issued.

Power outages: The second round of storms late Wednesday knocked out power to much of Cave Spring and surrounding communities through 9 p.m. More than 1,700 customers were in the dark. The issue:  “Transmission line fell into a distribution line between Lindale and Cave Spring.” Another 240 customers in an area between Rockmart and Cedartown were powerless until late Wednesday.

Accident of the day on I-75: Bartow County Emergency Medical Service reports that that two people were injured in a single-vehicle accident on I-75 southbound just north of exit 283. “The first patient a male was confused by a possible head injury. The male was quickly taken to Kennestone hospital for treatment. The second patient, a female, was found to have minor cuts and abrasions, and also was transported to Kennestone.” We hope to have the accident report later this morning.

 

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