Evans wreck injures 2

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Emergency personnel put Richard Anthony Boone, 61, on a stretcher before taking him to an ambulance. His U.S. Postal Service truck collided with a Chevrolet Silverado when Boone tried to turn left from Washington Road onto Gibbs Road.
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A United States Postal Service employee and another person were taken to the hospital Thursday after a two-vehicle wreck at Washington and Gibbs roads in Evans.

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Emergency personnel put Richard Anthony Boone, 61, on a stretcher before taking him to an ambulance. It took about 20 minutes for emergency personnel to extricate Boone from the U.S. Postal Service truck after he collided with a Chevrolet Silverado.  JENNA MARTIN/STAFF
JENNA MARTIN/STAFF
Emergency personnel put Richard Anthony Boone, 61, on a stretcher before taking him to an ambulance. It took about 20 minutes for emergency personnel to extricate Boone from the U.S. Postal Service truck after he collided with a Chevrolet Silverado.

The crash occurred about 11:50 a.m. as the driver of a USPS truck tried to turn left from Washington Road onto Gibbs Road, said Columbia County sheriff’s Deputy Mark Smith.

The USPS truck, driven by Richard Anthony Boone, 61, of Evans, collided with a Chevrolet Silverado traveling east on Washington Road, Smith said.

The traffic light had just turned yellow, but Boone told authorities he thought he could make the turn in time, Smith said.

It took about 20 minutes for emergency personnel to extricate Boone.

Mario Mitrate Hall, 38, of Warrenton, was driving the Silverado but didn’t suffer any injuries. His passenger, Quenswell Evans, 35, of Thomson, was taken to the hospital.

Both Boone and Evans went to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, Smith said.

Boone will be issued a citation for failure to yield while making a left turn, Smith said.

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David Parker
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David Parker 10/11/12 - 03:27 pm
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Maybe good to stagger the

Maybe good to stagger the yellows that a left-turner and oncoming drivers get. Start the yellow 3-5 seconds sooner for those going straight vs those taking the leftie. Hopefully, oncoming cars would have already milked the yellow and come to a stop before the car in the intersection has to giddy-up outta there. Sounds like this was just a slight miscalculation that ended badly. Glad everyone is ok above all. Stay safe out there and slow it down. Pop your index finger up instead of the middle one more. Lastly, strap those kiddos in good.

Frank I
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Frank I 10/11/12 - 05:16 pm
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yeah, looks to me..

like this was a case of both drivers thinking "I can beat it.. "

corgimom
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corgimom 10/12/12 - 06:14 am
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How about left turns yield to

How about left turns yield to oncoming traffic?

The USPS driver didn't want to wait 3 seconds or so to make sure the intersection was clear.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/12/12 - 11:29 am
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Traffic Lights

This unfortunate crash brings up the subject of traffic lights, in particular the loud clamor to install a traffic light at Washington Rd. & Blanchard Rd. We see here that traffic lights are no panacea. In fact, because of the penchant for much of society to speed up on yellow, I wager that there is a higher frequency of accidents at intersections with traffic lights than at intersections without them.

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