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Seven hurt, one lifeflighted after Hwy. 36 crash

A Memorial Day crash on Hwy. 36 at its dangerous intersection with Liberty Hill Road sent seven people to the hospital, including one lifeflighted to an Atlanta trauma center. The accident involved two late model vehicles – an Acura MDX and a Honda Accord. The scene was hard to read in that there were no skid marks. One car, likely the Acura, entered Hwy. 36 from Liberty Hill Rd. into oncoming traffic. The result was a high impact crash. Four adults and three children were injured. One adult female was flown by medical evacuation helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center. The others were taken to area hospitals. The call overwhelmed Community EMS which covers Lamar County. Two Monroe County EMS units responded to assist under the mutual aid agreement. Traffic in the area was snarled for some time after the accident which occurred about 5:40 p.m. UPDATE: The 2002 Acura was driven by Christian Alexandre Clement, 19, of Hixson, Tn. who did not stop when entering Hwy. 36 from Liberty Hill Rd., according to the GSP report. The 2008 Honda, driven by Shereka Lyronda Maddox, 34, of Barnesville was westbound on Hwy. 36. The two collided in the eastbound lane of Hwy. 36. Clement was not injured. He faces charges of failure to yield right of way. Maddox was lifeflighted but is recovering. She was not at fault. A passenger in the Honda, 25-year-old Christopher Lamar Smith of Forsyth, was transported to Spalding Regional Hospital by ambulance. Four passengers in the Acura were injured. Lea Hubbard, 19, of 114 Roger Brown Dr. in Barnesvile was taken to Spalding Regional. Three children in the Acura were also taken to Spalding Regional. They were Lanie Hubbard, 9; Gabriel Hubbard, 12; and Sophia Meadows, 6; all of 92 Blount Rd. in Forsyth. None was seriously injured.

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