According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 40% of all traffic collisions occur at intersections. According to the same agency, drivers themselves are responsible for about 90% of all intersection crashes. The majority of these collisions are caused by drivers failing to properly interpret their surroundings. Incorrectly assuming how another driver would act, obstructed views while turning, traffic violations, distracted driving, and misinterpreting the distance of another vehicle were also contributing factors. Rear-end collisions are the most common type of crash that occurs at an intersection. Side-impact collisions are the deadliest kind of intersection crash.
The AJC reports that a Cobb County man has died in a two-car crash that occurred in Mableton.
The crash occurred at about 8:31 a.m. on Friday, November 15th.
A preliminary report revealed that a 2010 Ford Ranger was headed east on Mableton Parkway, heading towards Bonanza Trail. A tan 2011 Chevrolet Traverse was approaching the intersection from the west.
As the Ford was attempting to make a left turn onto Bonanza Trail, the Chevrolet slammed into it on the passenger side of the vehicle.
86-year-old Clarence Chadwick was behind the wheel of the Ford. The vehicle rolled onto the driver’s side and then slid onto the shoulder of Mableton Parkway. The truck then rode a guy wire for a utility pole and came to a rest in an elevated position.
The driver of the Chevrolet, identified only as a 55-year-old woman, was taken to WellStar Kennestone hospital for treatment. Sadly, Chadwick succumbed to his injuries at WellStar Cobb Hospital.
The collision remains under investigation.
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