Georgia State Patrol First Class Trooper Brandon Howerton said the four-door gray passenger 2000 Ford Contour failed to stop at the stop sign located at the intersection and went up under the trailer at an angle as the truck was traveling toward Rockmart. The car was dragged from the intersection collision point to the area just before the peak of the hill near the Dollar General.
Howerton said original reports believed the victims to be two males, but upon investigation the identities were revealed to be a male and female occupant, both perished on the scene. No fire occurred. GSP public information officer Gordy Wright identified the victims just before 6:30 p.m. as Wilma Ann Wilcox, 64, from Taylorsville and Robert Benney Jones, 52, also from Taylorsville.
Bartow County firefighters from Station 11 responded along with Emergency Medical Services and the two southwest bound lanes to Highway 113 while the wreck was cleared. One victim was trapped in the car, calling for extrication.
Wright said the truck was being driven by Joel Scott Jordan, 49, of Albertville, Ala., and owned by Lay’s Transportation. Jordan was not injured.
The Bartow County coroner arrived to the site about 12:45 p.m.
Wilcox was the driver of the Ford and reports indicate that she ran the stop sign southbound on Old Stilesboro Road and hit the truck in the right side.
Two residents in the Taylorsville area said several accidents have occurred at the same intersections with at least one other resulting in a fatality. Another Cartersville resident called The Daily Tribune News to say that she has almost been involved in accidents along Highway 113 in the city limits and has requested extra law enforcement patrols in the area.
Another accident closed U.S. Highway 41 for approximately 15 minutes Wednesday afternoon before an inside lane was open while two vehicles were cleared from the roadway, according to Cartersville Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Bagley.
Bagley said two people were transported to Cartersville Medical Center but no serious injuries were reported.
CFD also responded to a two vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 41 at Southbridge Road where three people were transported to CMC.
Bartow County firefighters responded to a high-pressure gas leak in Emerson that shut down Highway 293. According to a BCFD spokesman, the main gas line running through downtown caused the shops to be evacuated. The line was repaired and trucks were back in service around 6 p.m. No residents were evacuated and no injuries were reported.