Emergency personnel were unable save a motorist after she crashed a Buick Regal into the guard rail on the southbound side of the Liberty Expressway just before the Blaylock Street exit about 4 p.m. Saturday. (Jan. 19, 2013)
ALBANY, Ga. — A woman motorisrt died after losing control of a Buick Regal and smashing into a guard rail on the southbound side of Liberty Expressway just before the Blaylock Street exit about 4 p.m. Saturday, authorities confirmed.
Albany Fire Department firefighters put out an engine fire as other firefighters cut open the passenger side door, reached in and cut the seat belt off the driver, said Ron Rowe, deputy fire chief. EMS responders did what they could, but the driver was reported dead on arrival.
No information was immediately available from the Georgia State Patrol handling the case about the identity of the woman or the reason for the crash. Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler drew blood at the scene, a standard procedure.
Albany Police Department officers handled traffic control closing entrances to the expressway and directing southbound traffic approaching the crash site to the northbound lanes. By 5:45 p.m. a wrecker had towed the car, firefighters cleared the roadway of debris and the road was reopened to traffic.