3 critical in car accident

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three motorists remain in critical condition following a three-car crash Tuesday night in Lawrenceville, officials said.

The incident happened about 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lawrenceville-Suwanee and Old Norcross roads. Firefighters worked for more than an hour to extricate three people pinned in wrecked vehicles. In total, five people were treated at area trauma centers, officials said.

Impact occurred when a southbound 1995 Nissan Maxima driven by Joseph Brumbelow, 18, of Lawrenceville, crossed the Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road median, striking a northbound 2001 Honda CRV driven by Myrna Feldman, 59, Suwanee, police said.

Brumbelow's Nissan went on to strike a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Brenda Hambrick, 58, of Lawrenceville, police said.

Lawrenceville police Lt. Philip Byers said Brumbelow remained Wednesday at Atlanta Medical Center, while Feldman and Hambrick were at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Another unidentified person remained at Gwinnett Medical Center in serious condition. A fifth injured person was treated and released, Byers said.

The exact cause of the crash was unclear, he said.

"We're going to look into the roadway conditions, speed, sobriety, all those (possible factors)," Philip said. "It's really early in the investigation."

A flurry of emergency vehicles, including five ambulances, responded. Extrication times ran up to one hour "due to the difficulty and degree of entrapment of the victims," said Fire Department Capt. Thomas Rutledge.

The incident tangled traffic at the intersection for about six hours, until police reopened Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road at 3:22 a.m. The precaution, Byers said, was necessary.

"Any time there's an accident as serious as this one," he said, "we close the whole roadway down to preserve evidence and thoroughly investigate the scene."