Man dies in Hwy. 16 accident

by Wes Mayer

alt

Alfie Devon Thompson, 45, of Columbus, a passenger in a van that struck a tree and overturned on State Highway 16 west of Newnan Sunday, died as a result of his injuries. 


Three people were injured and a man from Columbus lost his life in a single-vehicle accident on State Highway 16 on Sunday.

Around 2 p.m., a vehicle with four occupants was traveling northbound on Highway 16 when it ran off the right side of the road near Dyer Road and Georgia Power’s Plant Yates and struck a tree. According to authorities with the Georgia State Patrol, after striking the tree, the vehicle flipped over onto its left side.

The Coweta County Fire Department responded with 12 personnel in Engines 2 and 8, Cars 1, 3 and 706 and Rescue 1, and units found the vehicle down an embankment lying on its roof and entangled in trees, said Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Denney. Arriving units found two occupants had been able to exit the vehicle, but the two others were entrapped.

According to Denney, initial crews had to use chainsaws to uncover the vehicle from the trees, and crews used wrenches and chains to raise the vehicle off its roof. Crews then used the fire department’s cordless E-Tools to cut the roof off the vehicle and off the trapped patients.

One of the patients, however, passenger Alfie Devon Thompson, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene, Denney said. Two of the patients were transported by helicopter, and one by ground ambulance, to a Columbus Hospital and trauma center.



More Local

Coco's Cupboard

Partnership works to find service dogs for veterans

Dog trainers Suzanne Aaron and Tara Cotton saw many clients who had dogs they just couldn’t handle. They would help the owners find do ... Read More


250 students affected

Homelessness ‘vicious cycle that’s going to continue’

The economy has bounced back from the lows of a few years ago. The housing market is healthy, and the jobless rate has improved. But, for so ... Read More


Annual Sunrise on the Square Road Race a success

The annual Sunrise on the Square included ideal weather and a first-time winner who actually pushed his baby in a stroller. The race, hosted ... Read More


HealthSouth facility scheduled to open Dec. 2

Progress for HealthSouth’s new facility is on track for a Dec. 2 opening, which will add to the town’s growing collection of hea ... Read More


Subsidized medical center proposed for Senoia

Palmetto Health Council is applying for a grant to bring a subsidized medical clinic to Coweta, proposed for the Senoia area. The non-profit ... Read More

Economic Impact

Ports hit new record

The Georgia Ports Authority moved more than 3 million 20-foot equivalent container units in fiscal year 2014 – and set a new record fo ... Read More