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Two killed in Suwanee wreck

SUWANEE -- A major roadway remained closed Wednesday night nearly four hours after a wrong-way wreck killed two at the intersection of McGinnis Ferry and Scales roads.

Capt. Cass Mooney, a spokesman for Suwanee Police, said that investigators were still determining the exact cause late into the evening, but it appeared the incident involved a "head-on collision in the eastbound lane with one vehicle going the wrong direction."

Officers arrived at the scene about 6 p.m. Wednesday shortly after the crash to find wreckage of two passenger cars: a silver BMW and an Oldsmobile.

Mooney said the Oldsmobile "appeared to have crossed the center line at a break in the median."

The Oldsmobile's driver died at the scene as did a passenger in the BMW. The names of victims were not released Wednesday night pending notification of their families.

As of 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, Mooney said that officials were still trying to clear the roadway, and officers continued to investigate what led to the crash.

Officials used detours to divert traffic through the area, Mooney said.

He said it could not yet be determined whether alcohol was a factor in the incident.

Comments

kevin 1 year, 10 months ago

The new road not only needs more lights, but I have been saying in this blog for months, the Suwanee police are never around to hand out 100's of speeding tickets to drivers that go between 50-70 on that new road. It has quickly become a deadly road. If the DOT can't pay for lights, then put down some reflective tape all over the place.

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jjspank 1 year, 10 months ago

Just what we need lights every 10 feet. Lights every 10 feet will not make up for people who should not be driving in the first place.

Suwanee does give out tickets for the part in their city, have not seen much speeding on the gwinnett side, must be on the forsyth/fulton part of the new road.

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Gundoctor1 1 year, 10 months ago

the really scary thing here is that Kevin has been writing a blog for months about traffic safety.

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Gundoctor1 1 year, 10 months ago

the really scary thing here is that Kevin has been writing a blog for months about traffic safety. They do drive too fast. What else is new. Reflective tape!!! Get a life Kevin.

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AU4ever 1 year, 10 months ago

Gundoctor,

Any traffic engineer will quickly extoll the benefits of low-cost safety counter-measures like use of highly retro-reflective pavement marking tape. Multiple engineering studies studies suggest that the use of markings plays a major role in the reduction of specific crash types. In Georgia Run-off-road and opposite-direction crashes are generally overrepresented verus Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT), especially on horizontal curves and at night, when fatal crashes are three to four times more likely to occur. In addition, due to visual and cognitive deficiencies, older and impaired drivers are especially susceptible to these types of crashes. Therefore, crash types that are most likely affected by added markings or enhanced markings (added width or more retroreflectivity) are run-off-road and opposite-direction crashes that occur at night, occur on curves, and involve drivers with reduced visual or cognitive capabilities (e.g., older drivers or impaired drivers).

Kevin is right, proper and discernable pavement markings are a quick and effective way to improve safety on secondary roadways. Take it from an engineer.

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SuwaneeMama 1 year, 10 months ago

The accident didn't happen on or near the new stretch of McGinnis Ferry.

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sporttrac30 1 year, 10 months ago

Thats right it didn't.. It was right up the road from where i work at.. We heard the poilce cars and fire trucks near Buford Hwy.

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sporttrac30 1 year, 10 months ago

This road would be a good speed trap.. I have seen Suwanee PD on this road but not as much as they should be. I have people pass me left and right. The speed limit is 45mph and i do right at 50.. They need to be out there more writing tickets as well as Gwinnett PD could come in and help as well, and more lighting is really needed as well.. All i heard while i was at work last night was the sound of fire trucks and poilce cars going by. I work at a trucking company that is right on McGinnis Ferry. DOT and Suwanee need to do something to light up that road (ex. lights, reflective tape) something to help impove traffic flow at night so this does not happen again. If the coulnty spent there money right this could happen.

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gdpsuwanee 1 year, 10 months ago

This road is already policed regularly from Satellite to the hill over the railway tracks. It's probably the most heavily policed road in Suwanee. Is there any indication that speed here was the cause?

MGF is divided with a median for most of that section except where the intersection with Scales Road is.

I'd wait for the police report and a determination of the cause before suggesting improvements in that area.

Oh, and Kevin, I'll add a photo of my ticket for speeding on the new section the other side of the river to show that they are ticketing people. Expect the speed limit in that section from the river to 141 to be increased to 55 now the road has been improved.

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