NWGA Scanner | June 21st, 2021

Two drivers cited in serious injury multi-vehicle crash on the bypass in Whitfield County

According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report, on Friday, June 11th, 2021, at around 7:11 PM, a 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 being driven by Johnny Barnard, 34, of Chatsworth, was traveling west on GA-52 in the left turn lane approaching the GA-3 intersection. A 2002 Chevy Silverado being driven by Eric Cunningham, 55 of Dalton, was towing a 2004 Acura TSX and traveling in the right lane of GA-52 eastbound, approaching the GA-3 intersection. A 2017 Toyota Tacoma being driven by Lewis Gunn, 28 of Chatsworth, was stopped in the right lane of GA-3 northbound at the GA-52 intersection. According to the report, the driver of the Dodge failed to yield and attempted to make a left turn onto GA-3 southbound. As a result, the Chevy hit the Dodge on the right side with the Chevy’s front end. The area of impact was in the intersection of the roadway. After the first impact, the Dodge traveled approximately 33′ while overturning and hit the Toyota in the front end with the Dodge’s front end. The area of the second impact was in the right lane of GA-3 northbound. According to the report, “As a result of the first impact, the Toyota rotated and came to an uncontrolled final rest as shown in the diagram. The Dodge came to an uncontrolled final rest on its top, as shown in the diagram. All vehicles were at final rest in the roadway upon investigating trooper’s arrival.” Barnard stated prior to the initial impact, his traffic light consisted of a solid yellow left-turn arrow and solid yellow circular light. Cunningham stated prior to initial impact, his traffic light was a flashing yellow left-turn arrow and a solid green circular light. A witness stated a few seconds after the crash, the traffic light for GA-3 turned green. Approximately 40′ of skid marks were made by the Toyota prior to impact. Three occupants in the Ram, including two female juveniles, were seriously injured in the crash and transported by EMS to Hamilton Medical in Dalton. Cunningham was also injured in the crash and transported by EMS to Hamilton Medical in Dalton. Both occupants in the Toyota were not injured. The driver of the Dodge, Barnard, was issued a citation for failure to yield when turning left. The driver of the Toyota, Cunningham, was issued a citation for driving while license suspended/revoked.