One Killed, Three Injured in Crash Near Walnut Grove

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A woman died on Sunday afternoon, March 14, after she was involved in a crash near Walnut Grove in Walton County, Georgia.

The victim of the Highway 138 accident has been identified as 64-year-old Tassie Ruark of Bogart in Oconee County. Ruark passed away shortly after arriving at Northside Hospital in Gwinnett.

Law enforcement officers responded to the crash near Walnut Grove at the intersection of State Route 138 and Guthrie Cemetery Road around 4:40 p.m.

Cpl. Cal Barton of the Georgia State Patrol said 26-year-old Darius Lovett of College Park was going east on the highway in a Honda Civic when he attempted to turn left onto Guthrie Cemetery Road. Lovett drove into the path of a westbound Honda Odyssey van that was going west and the Odyssey struck the right side of the Civic.

Tassie Ruark was traveling in the Odyssey which was driven by  66-year-old Charles Ruark. He sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital. Also traveling in the van was 89-year-old Deloris Bennett of Smyrna. Both Tassie and Bennett were seated in the back.

Barton said neither driver was believed to be impaired but charges are pending.

In a separate matter that also occurred on Sunday afternoon,  three people died after a four-vehicle accident in Bulloch County.

Georgia State Patrol said a tractor-trailer was towing a tanker and heading west on I-16 when it rear-ended another vehicle. The other vehicle burst into flames and was pushed into another tractor-trailer. A fourth vehicle was sideswiped in the process.

The people who were in the vehicle that caught fire died at the scene. They have been identified by the authorities but their names have not been released.

One person was in the tanker while two people were in the tractor-trailer. It is not clear how many people were in the fourth vehicle.

If your loved one died in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. A Georgia car accident lawyer may be able to help you.


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