County to Pay Georgia Man’s Claim Associated with Manhole Crash
COBB COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news story reported by wsbtv.com, Cobb County, Georgia, has agreed to pay a man’s claim associated with a crash in which he hit an open manhole. The man’s vehicle then crashed into a wall, causing the man injury and damage to the wall.*
In December, Gary Brown, of Austell, Georgia, was driving his SUV on a street in Cobb County and rolled over an open manhole in the road. He then lost control of his vehicle and struck a brick wall on the outside of a subdivision.
“When I hit it, it was like a big boom,” Brown said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”
Brown suffered injuries in the crash, which he says have resulted in about $10,000 in medical bills. The subdivision’s homeowners’ association is also demanding that Brown’s auto insurance pay for the damage to the wall, and Brown is facing a $1,700 bill for storage of his damaged vehicle at a wrecking yard.
Cobb County police officers responded to the scene of the crash and documented in their report that the accident began with an open manhole in the road. Authorities say the Cobb County Water Department concluded that a sewage backup and resulting pressure caused the cover to come off of the manhole.
After little movement from the county, Brown now says it has agreed to pay his claim. It is not clear how many components of his claim this includes, but it appears it at least includes his medical bills, as well as the damage to the wall. The county has not provided a statement at this time.
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