Series of wrecks stalls Bobby Jones Expressway traffic

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 1:49 PM
Last updated 9:04 PM
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Richmond County deputies responded to several accidents after a driver crossed a median on Bobby Jones Expressway at Deans Bridge Road around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday.

“They’re scattered from Gordon Highway to Deans Bridge Road,” Capt. Scott Gay said.

A silver Honda Accord, driven by Roxanne Munoz, of Augusta, started the chain of events when she jerked the car across the Bobby Jones median, hit a brown 2003 Buick LeSabre in the driver-side door and a 2001 Jeep Cherokee head-on.

Deputies said Munoz initially jerked the wheel when she came up too fast on slower traffic. She was charged with driving too fast for conditions.

Audrey Williams, of Augusta, was driving the Buick and Pamela Bowman, of Hephzibah, was behind the wheel of the Jeep. Neither was charged.

The drivers and a passenger in the Jeep were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for observation with minor injuries.

Westbound Bobby Jones was shut down for more than an hour while crews cleared the area. Traffic on the east side was moving slowly when three additional collisions occurred near the Gordon Highway exit.

Two accidents involving two vehicles occurred at 2:10 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. along with a three-vehicle accident at 2:50 p.m. Gay said the later crashes were rear-end collisions with no serious injuries.

All lanes were reopened Wednesday afternoon.

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tanbaby 02/15/12 - 06:43 pm
if the first driver had been

if the first driver had been paying attention and not talking, texting, eating, drinking, etc, he/she might have noticed that traffic ahead was slowed down long before he/she "came up on them too fast."

AutumnLeaves 02/15/12 - 06:53 pm
And you (tanbaby) know the

And you (tanbaby) know the first driver was doing these things, how? There is some debris on the road up there. I hope they clear it before another accident happens. There is also an excess of a chalky substance on the bridge, I hope it doesn't contribute to someone sliding into the wrong lane. I suppose they used the substance to clean up liquids (gas, coolant, etc.) from the wreck, but maybe it should be cleaned up.

burninater 02/15/12 - 06:58 pm
AL, I can't think of any part

AL, I can't think of any part of the Bobby Jones that doesn't have sufficient lines of sight for a driver to see what traffic is doing ahead -- unless they aren't looking at the road ...

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