Two critical

UPDATED: Four injured in wreck on Corinth Road

by Wes Mayer


Photo by Jeffrey Leo

Coweta emergency responders check the Mitsubishi Eclipse at the scene of Thursday’s single-vehicle accident involving four Newnan High students.

UPDATE 5.23.14 - 11:40 a.m.

The names of the four Newnan High School seniors injured in Thursday’s accident on Old Corinth Road have been confirmed.

William Holloway and Zachary Harrison are in intensive care at Atlanta Medical Center. Zachery Self and Dustin “Haggar” Brenon were both treated at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. Self has been released.

“We have counselors and support staff on hand to help with students as needed,” said NHS Principal Chase Puckett. “We are in close communication with all four families and providing the support they need at this time. Our prayers are with all four students and their families.”

“We’re working with the families to honor their wishes for tonight,” he added. “They appreciate all the prayers and support they are receiving from everyone.”

All four seniors are graduating in Friday’s graduation ceremony and were injured in a single-vehicle accident Thursday morning. Their vehicle, a black two-door Mitsubishi Eclipse, was traveling on Corinth Road near the Blalock Lakes development when the driver apparently lost control and drove off the right side of the road. The vehicle struck a small group of trees near the pavement.

Around 11:45 a.m., crews with the Coweta County Fire Department, the Coweta Sheriff’s Office and the Coweta Emergency Medical Service responded to the accident on Corinth Road near Bohannon Road and the Blalock Lakes neighborhood southwest of Newnan and found the vehicle wrapped around a tree, said Deputy Fire Chief Todd Moore. Arriving units found all four occupants of the vehicle were entrapped, and both the driver and front seat passenger were critically injured with multi-system trauma.

Fire personnel were able to stabilize the vehicle and extricate all four teens within 17 minutes, Moore said. Air ambulances were contacted to transport the two critically injured teens to trauma centers in Atlanta, and they were picked up from the Blalock Lake neighborhood lake’s dam. The other two passengers were transported by ground ambulance to Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

“This was a team effort on behalf of all public safety agencies that responded,” Moore said. “Coweta County Sheriff’s deputies controlled traffic and secured the scene preventing any bystanders from getting into the hot zone. The EMS crew provided great prehospital patient care while on scene and en route to the landing zones and Piedmont Newnan Hospital."

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