Seven hospitalized in four-car wreck in Duluth

DULUTH - Seven people were transported to Gwinnett Medical Center following a four-car accident Wednesday.

Sgt. D.A. Brown with the Gwinnett County Police Department said six people in a Jeep Grand Cherokee were hospitalized after that car hit another vehicle, then rolled off the road into the woods.

The driver and passengers all appeared to be in their teens or early 20s, Brown said. He said he spotted a purple high school ID card in the wreckage. Purple is one of Duluth High School's colors, but Brown said he did not recall what school the ID was for.

The silver Jeep, which held seven people, was traveling recklessly down Old Norcross Road when it crossed the double yellow line and hit a burgundy Toyota Corolla, Brown said.

That caused the Jeep to lose control, he said, and it began to roll, ejecting its occupants. The car ended up on its side in the woods near Sugar Mill Drive.

Brown said two passengers in the car fled the scene, then returned later with one of their mothers. He did not know if the boys were related, but said one was later transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the Corolla was trapped in his car after he collided with a blue Toyota Celica, Brown said. The roof was cut off the Corolla and the driver was in stable condition by the time he was transported, he said. The male driver of the Celica was treated and released.

A fourth driver was not hit by any of the other vehicles, but drove her green Honda Accord into a lawn at the intersection after swerving to avoid the accident.

Neither the driver of the Honda nor her two small children were injured, Brown said.

He said charges against the driver of the Jeep could range from driving on the wrong side of the road and unsafe passing to serious injury by motor vehicle. Brown did not know the identity of anyone involved in the accident and Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department, said he did not have any additional information about the accident.

It occurred at 5:05 p.m., Brown said, and closed the road. About 10 neighbors watched the Jeep being pulled from the woods on a two-story deck, while others stood behind police tape to stare at the wreckage.