2 major wrecks Friday result in one fatality


A fatal car wreck on South Bridge Drive in Cartersville was one of two major accidents on Highway 41 Friday morning.

The first wreck was on Gentilly Boulevard by the Cartersville Home Depot at around 7 a.m.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, a motorcycle driven by Andrew Durham, 54, of Acworth, was traveling south on Joe Frank Harris Parkway when a blue Chevrolet Avalanche traveling north attempted to turn left on to Gentilly Boulevard. The motorcycle struck the right side of the Avalanche at the intersection.

Durham suffered serious injury and was flown by EMS helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center, where he is in critical condition. 

According to the GSP report, evidence shows that the avalanche failed to yield while turning left at the intersection. Charges are pending.

At 10 a.m., another wreck on Highway 41 off of South Bridge Drive resulted in a fatality. The two-car accident occurred at approximately 10 a.m.

A black Honda Accord was traveling north on Joe Frank Harris Parkway in the left turn lane. A gold Ford Tempo was traveling south on Highway 41 in the right lane.

According to the GSP preliminary report, evidence showed that the black Accord failed to yield while turning left. 

The Tempo struck the right side of the accord with its front. The Tempo's passenger died of injuries shortly after the crash.

The driver of the Tempo was transported to Kennestone Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Accord was transported to Cartersville Medical Center with minor injuries.

The GSP specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is conducting a follow-up investigation and charges are pending.

It is the second fatal accident near South Bridge Drive this year. A Cartersville woman died in an April 27 wreck on the bridge.