A van carrying 9 Georgia Power employees was involved in a very serious auto collision on Tuesday after another vehicle reportedly clipped the back end of the Southern Company commuter van. According to reports, emergency personnel had to use the jaws of life in order to get the van occupants out of the vehicle. Of the nine employees believed to be in the Georgia Power van, six people we air lifted to Grady Memorial Hospital and Atlanta Medical Center for treatment. 3 other occupants reportedly did not survive the Georgia Power van collision. No names of those involved have been released at this time.
The wreck happened just after 4:30 during afternoon traffic between Stone Mountain Industrial and Memorial Drive.
WSB reported that witnesses told investigators that a Dodge Stratus clipped the rear of the van as the sedan driver attempted to make a lane change.
The names of those killed and injured have not been released, but WSB radio reported that the van was a Southern Company commuter van, and the victims were Georgia Power employees.
The van was owned by VPSI, Inc., a Michigan-based company that owns and leases commuter vans in cities across the country. Company spokesman Jim Cain said VPSI vans are typically driven by employees of the local companies providing the van service.
This is a tragic event for all involved and the investigation into the van crash will continue in the days and weeks ahead to confirm the early indications of eyewitnesses. We wish the best for those involved and their families during this tragic time.
Once more information is provided, we will continue to follow this developing event.
Update on the Georgia Power Van Accident:
According to the Dekalb Police Department, the driver of the other vehicle, a Dodge Stratus, is James Miles, 55, of Loganville. DeKalb police said.
Police have not filed charges at this time but may do so in the future according to early reports.
A partner with Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC,, Brandon Smith has devoted his practice to pharmaceutical litigation, mass torts, products liability and serious personal injury. A frequent guest speaker at legal seminars all over the country—Brandon is focused on helping injured victims nationwide, however possible. Named a SuperLawyer in 2017, he has also been called out as one of 10 Best Attorneys For Georgia by the American Institute Of Personal Injury Attorneys.