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Barrow County: Patrol IDs 2 wreck victims

POSTED: March 7, 2008 5:01 a.m.
Two people were killed and five were injured as the result of a four-car collision in Barrow County Sunday, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Kathern Collier, 7, and Nancy Hamrick, 69, both of Winder, died Sunday afternoon in a four-car collision at the intersection of Ga. 211 and Old Thompson Mill Road.

Another male child, who was riding in the same car as Collier and Hamrick, was flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish-Rite.

A woman answering the phone at Scottish-Rite declined to speak to The Times about the boy’s condition Monday.

Lucille Dressler, an 84-year-old woman from Winder, was also flown to Atlanta Medical Center. Dressler had multiple broken bones and had suffered head trauma, according to the state patrol.

The other three did not receive life-threatening injuries in the accident.

Clear details have not yet been released on the cause or the events of the fatal crash, but authorities say one vehicle crossed the center line, causing the other three cars traveling on Ga. 211 to collide.

"We’re still having to investigate this thing real thoroughly because there’s just so many cars and so many directions that we’ve got to find out which one was coming from where and stuff like that," said Trooper Wilkins at the Georgia State Patrol Post in Athens.

The crash involved three Ford Explorers and one Chevrolet Lumina. All the vehicles bore Barrow County tags.

Hamrick and Collier were riding in the Lumina, Wilkins said.

"We just gotta be extra careful (investigating this accident), there are four vehicles — three of them were Explorers and two of them were the same color," Wilkins said. "It’s just a lot of different variables."

The wreck occurred at about 3 p.m. and shut down Ga. 211 for five hours.



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