Tragic Parking Lot Crash Kills Two in Sharpsburg, Georgia (GA)
SHARPSBURG, GA- Times-herald.com writes that two people were killed in what is being called a freak accident in a parking lot in Sharpsburg. The victims were in a 2018 Infiniti Q50 that traveled down an embankment and landed in the water.*
Rescue workers arrived on the scene and attempted to save the two people who were trapped inside the car. The victimswere then airlifted to the Atlanta Medical Center, but both died a short while later.
The authorities identified the victims as a 38-year-old woman from Grantville, who was a passenger in the car, and a 40-year-old man from Grayson who was driving the vehicle. The names of the individuals have not yet been reported.
The rescue operation was complicated by heat, and a steel 100-foot embankment, as well as by the fact that the car was submerged in between four to six-foot deep water. Responders worked at the scene for more than two and a half hours to try to rescue the occupants.
Investigators still have not determined the cause of the crash.
Drivers can protect themselves in the event of a crash into the water by ensuring that they always have a tool available to break out of their car. The AAA states that small spring-loaded tools are effective at shattering car windows in the event of an emergency. Such tools should be placed somewhere easily accessible because following a crash into the water. Occupants have little time to get out of the car before it sinks. When occupants may have just 30 seconds to escape, having a plan can mean the difference between life and death.
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