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Auto accident claims two in Albany

Two die in East Albany auto accident

ALBANY — Two people have died in the aftermath of Thursday’s two-car collision on Clark Avenue, Dougherty County officials say.

Michael Fowler, Dougherty County coroner, said Laszlo Girbacs, 79, and his wife, Doris Girbac, 83, succumbed to blunt trauma injuries sustained in the accident.

Capt. Tom Jackson with The Dougherty County Police said the collision occurred when Laszlo Girbac attempted to cross Clark Avenue at Hill Street in the Buick Lucerne he was driving. Though Girbac apparently paused his vehicle at a stop sign, he apparently did not notice a Jeep Cherokee traveling east on Clark Avenue, which then broadsided the Buick, Jackson said.

A report by the Albany Fire Department states that at about 11 a.m. AFD units arrived at the scene and found the involved vehicles on opposite sides of the Clark Avenue. According to the AFD report, Laszlo Girbac was trapped inside the Buick and was freed by firefighters using mechanical “spreaders.”

The Girbacs were transported to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, where they were later pronounced dead, Fowler said. Gerald White, the driver of the Jeep Cherokee was also hospitalized, police officials say.