More than 100 accidents reported
by Wes Mayer
From Tuesday to Wednesday, authorities estimate more than 100 vehicle accidents occurred in Coweta County — including one fatality in Senoia.
Georgia State Patrol troopers worked approximately 43 accidents in Coweta County during a 24-hour period, according to the public information office of the state Department of Public Safety. There were eight reported minor injuries, but also one fatality near the intersection of Highway 85 and Seavy Street in Senoia.
According to Coweta County Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Denney, there were 57 documented wrecks in the county, and CCFD personnel responded to more than 100 calls. Of these responses, one fire engine slid into a ditch on Corinth Road; there were no injuries.
“We established several task force units consisting of four-wheel drive units that handled most of our medical and rescue type calls, which enabled us to leave our larger apparatus in the station for the most part,” Denney said. “We had several motor vehicle accidents and reported fire calls that required larger apparatus to respond, and when called upon to do so, our personnel did a great job getting to and from the emergency scene without incident.”
According to Traffic Sgt. Lane Yearta of the Newnan Police Department, there were 12 completed accident reports in Newnan, and dozens of issued SR-13s — a state form for a personal report of an accident. According to Yearta, the Newnan Police Department officers are completing reports for multi-vehicle accidents, but most calls involved a single vehicle sliding into a ditch.
“For those type of accidents, we simply cannot keep up with the amount of calls,” Yearta said.
Early Wednesday, the Newnan Police Department closed half of Millard Farmer Industrial Boulevard — from U.S. Highway 29 to Elaine Drive, according to Newnan Fire Department Battalion Chief Denise Burks. Burks said the roads were worse Wednesday due to a sheet of ice underneath the snow.
There were six reported accidents in Senoia due to the ice, one which occurred on Georgia Highway 16 near Pylant Street on Tuesday and closed Georgia Highway 16 for an hour-and-a half, according to Senoia Police Chief Jason Edens. There were no reported injuries is Senoia, Edens said.
“The road conditions today are much worse than yesterday,” Edens said Wednesday. “Basically, everything as of right now is solid ice.”
In Grantville, there were 15 reported accidents, with 10 occurring on I-85, said Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan. Jordan said, on Tuesday, Grantville police officers sat on I-85 to slow traffic, and no accidents were reported in the early hours of the snow.
According to Jay Jones, director of Coweta County Emergency management, roads were still in poor condition by midday Wednesday, especially Senoia’s downtown streets and Rockaway Road. Jones recommends everyone stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.
“We have over 1,200 roads in the county and our public works crews are doing a great job with the resources they have,” Jones said. Newnan and Coweta County road crews were out all night Tuesday and early Wednesday working on putting down sand and salt. It will be today before the Coweta area begins to see any significant improvements, Jones said. “And it wouldn’t surprise me if that stretched into Friday,” he said.
Snowfall in parts of Coweta County totaled 3 inches — including one measurement at a Times-Herald employee’s home in the Greenville-LaGrange neighborhood.