ALBANY — It became apparent Saturday that drivers haven’t had much practice with rainy conditions in Southwest Georgia because of a multi-year draught.
According to a National Weather Service spokesman, the Albany area has had 4.1 inches of rain this year. In other recent years the area has had 9.25 inches in the same period.
In Albany, at least four crashes were reported due to wet-weather conditions, said Phyllis Banks, Albany Police Department spokeswoman.
“There was a four-vehicle crash on the bypass west of the Jefferson (Street) ramp,” said Phyllis Banks, Albany Police Department spokeswoman. “And then there were at least three others that were weather related.”
According to police reports, 21-year-old Eugene Fortt Jr. hydroplaned his 2010 Honda Civic while headed west on the rain-slick Liberty Expressway just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
The Civic went out of control, reports added, and hit a guard rail coming to stop in the middle of the lane dropping debris across the road. A second car drove through the debris which cut into its tires, causing it to stop with flats.
With officers directing traffic away from the crash off the Jefferson ramp, other vehicles trying to enter the Liberty Expressway from Jefferson Street had to contend with the unexpected road block.
Quinnessa McCanic, 26, hit her brakes as she drove up the Jefferson Street ramp and smashed into the car stalled by the debris-cut tires. Another car rear ended her 1993 Nissan, the reports added.
McCanic was taken by Dougherty County EMS ambulance to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. She was released the same day, said a hospital spokeswoman.
No information was immediately available about any other people who may have been injured or other crashes on Saturday.