When it comes to the most fatal type of crashes, most people would think that head-on crashes or T-bone crashes would take the most dangerous spot. However, the kind of crash with the most fatalities is a single-vehicle run-off-road crash. According to the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, single-vehicle roadway departures make up 1 in 5 crashes. Additionally, more than 8,000 people die each year in these types of crashes. 70% of all fatal single-vehicle crashes are the kind that involves a vehicle running off the roadway.
The Dallas-Hiram Patch reports that a motorist is recovering after a single-vehicle crash on Highway 61 in Paulding County.
The crash occurred on Saturday, September 21st at about 6:15 a.m. 19-year-old Donovan J. Ellis veered off the west side of GA 61 near Harmony Grove Church Road. The area of the crash is in northern Paulding County near the Bartow County line.
After running off the road, the SUV rolled down an embankment and collided with several trees. Police had to close off the roadway in order to allow emergency workers to extricate Ellis from his vehicle.
Ellis was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta with serious injuries. The highway was reopened by 9 a.m. the same day.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash. They believe that alcohol was a factor in the accident. They do not believe that speed was a factor.
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