GSP reports 14 traffic fatalities over Labor Day holiday

ALBANY — Two fatal single-vehicle wrecks near Albany were among the 14 traffic fatalities reported by the Georgia State Patrol over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The statewide total of 14 included 10 deaths from wrecks investigated by the GSP posts in Georgia from 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Monday. There were a total of 443 crashes and 226 injuries, the traffic count provided on the GSP website says.

The traffic count shows there were two accidents that GSP Post 40 in Albany responded to over the weekend. One of them took place around 11:30 p.m Saturday, officials said.

Cpl. Andrew McKenzie said in that accident, a vehicle being driven by Clayton Akridge, 41, was traveling west on Pleasant Grove Church Road in Mitchell County when he failed to stop at a stop sign where the road intersects with Gravel Hill Road. His vehicle ran into a sign and struck a tree.

Akridge was ejected from the vehicle. He died in the accident, troopers said. There were no other vehicles involved in the accident, which remains under investigation, McKenzie said.

This was followed by a fatal accident on Highway 520 in Worth County on Monday. Senior Trooper Darryl Benton told The Albany Herald on Monday that an 18-wheeler being driven by Richard Paul Dumoulin, 67, was headed east toward the Tift County line when the vehicle crossed the median and traveled down an embankment.

Dumoulin, who was driving for DeMott Peanut Company of Doerun, crashed against some nearby trees and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The traffic count also shows there was a fatal accident investigated by the GSP post in Tifton. The posts located in Cartersville, Blue Ridge, Athens, Manchester, Madison, Dublin and Waycross also investigated fatal crashes, the count report shows.