Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

August 31, 2012

2 killed in Highway 49 wreck

The Americus Times-Recorder

ANDERSONVILLE — 2 killed in Highway 49 wreck

From Staff Reports

ANDERSONVILLE — Foggy conditions early Friday morning may have contributed to a traffic crash that killed two people on Ga. Highway 49 North just over the Macon County line, according to Chief Deputy Leonard Johnson of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnson said he received a call about the accident around 7 a.m., and on his way to the scene he drove cautiously because of limited visibility due to fog.

Omar McDonald, 20, of 624 S. Dooly St., Montezuma, who was believed to be the passenger of the vehicle and Crystal Lashonda Hicks, 27, of Reynolds, thought to be the driver, are the victims in the accident that involved a log truck and an Oxford semi truck out of Albany.

Johnson said  it appears that the vehicle occupied by Hicks and McDonald, traveling south toward Americus, may have run up on the log truck that was stopped, waiting for oncoming traffic before it made a left turn on Cutoff Road, just before the entrance to the Andersonville National Historic Site. Rapidly approaching the log truck, the McDonald/Hicks vehicle turned into the northbound lane and was struck by the oncoming Oxford semi truck.

According to Johnson, McDonald and Hicks were employees at Walmart in Americus and were on their way to work Friday. Georgia State Patrol/Perry Post, along with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, worked the wreck. Oglethorpe Fire Department and Macon State Prison Fire Department were also on the scene as well as personnel from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.