Posted on Sep 09, 2011

September 9, 2011 - Marietta, Ga. - A person is dead and another one is seriously following a 3-vehicle accident Tuesday, September 6.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
reports that the accident occurred just before 1 p.m. at the intersection of Dallas Highway and West Sandtown Road.

Jason Chatham, 34, was driving a dump truck eastbound on Dallas Highway, approaching the intersection, when the traffic light changed from yellow to red. Chatham attempted to stop the truck but ended up going through the light and crashing into a Kia attempting to make a left turn.

The dump truck and the Kia then crashed into a Nissan Sentra before all 3 vehicles crashed against the guard rail. The dump truck went through the guard rail, finally coming to a stop at the wood line near the roadway.

The driver of the Kia, Trisha M. Miller, 38, of Dallas, and the driver of the Nissan, Louis R. Duckwall Jr., 56, of Marietta, were both transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with serious injuries.

Miller was pronounced dead at the hospital a short while later while Duckwall remains in serious condition.

According to investigators, charges will likely be filed against Chatham.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 Georgia Crash Statistics, there were 1,284 fatalities as a result of car accidents in Georgia.

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Common accidents include, but are not limited to:

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  • accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
  • accidents caused by aggressive driving or distracted drivers.

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