ALBANY, Ga. -- A three-vehicle smashup on the 2000 block of Dawson Road at about 2 p.m. sent four people to the hospital and kept traffic diverted for more than an hour Tuesday, said Albany Police Department officials.
Flavel Weeks, 67, drove a Ford F-150 pickup south into the northbound lane, smashed head on into a Honda Accord and pushed it into a north-bound Hyundai Elantra, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman.
"When the pickup hit the Honda, it just exploded," Albany police Sgt. William Dowdell said.
Debris including a fender, a pickup spring assembly, wheels and tires without wheels spread south along Dawson Road for 150 feet from the point of impact.
Weeks was taken to a hospital by a Dougherty County EMS ambulance. No information on his condition was available. Charges against Weeks are pending, Banks said.
"There may have been a visit to the doctor (by Weeks), so they are looking into whether that played a role in the accident," Banks said.
Police found a gun in the pickup and turned it over to Week's wife, Banks said. It is not illegal to carry a gun in one's vehicle, she added.
Emergency crews extracted Leesburg's Princess Eatmon, 23, from her white 2005 Honda, put her on a stretcher and took her to a hospital. No further information was immediately available on her condition.
Zoann Anthony, 61, of Albany, the driver of the Hyundai, was treated and released from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.
The Hyundai passenger, Anthony's daughter Tanya Evans, 41, of Albany, went to the hospital with her mother, but she may or may not have received treatment. No information was immediately available.
Just after the crash, Evans sat in the back seat of the Hyundai while her mother received EMS treatment at the scene. Evans described the crash. She and her mother were driving north on Dawson Road in the far right lane when the pickup drove into the wrong lane, she said.
"We saw the truck in the wrong lane," Evans said. "It hit the other car and we tried to avoid it (the Honda), but it hit us. We jumped the curb and were headed for a tree. I screamed, 'Hit the brakes!', and grabbed the steering wheel."
The Hyundai Elantra came to rest just inches to the right of an old oak tree.
Emergency personnel from the Albany Fire Department also responded to the scene.