Northbound traffic on U.S. 27 near Haywood Valley Road in northern Floyd County was blocked for more than an hour Wednesday night after a two-vehicle wreck.

According to Trooper Stan Smith with the Georgia State Patrol:

A white Toyota Tacoma pickup truck was traveling north on Martha Berry Highway around 8:10 p.m. when a black Ford Expedition apparently pulled out of a driveway along the northbound lanes, right into the path of the Toyota.

The pickup hit the Ford on the front driver’s side fender, spinning the Ford around before it flipped and landed on the driver’s side. Both the Ford and the Toyota came to rest in the northbound lanes of Martha Berry Highway.

Smith said three people in the Ford and two people in the Toyota were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment, although he said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

Smith identified the driver of the Ford as 33-year-old Stephen Craig Wiggins of Rome. He said the driver of the Toyota was 38-year-old Wesley James Harwood from Mexico Beach, Fla.

David Bearden, 37, and Chanice Land, 50, both of Rome, were also in the Expedition, and Megan Carman, 24, of Mexico Beach, Fla., was a passenger in the Toyota.

Floyd Medical Center reported that Bearden, Wiggins and Carman were all treated and released from Floyd Medical Center.

Wiggins was jailed and later released on $1,570 in bail from the Floyd County Jail on charges of driving under the influence, an open container violation, failure to yield when entering roadway and reckless driving.

Both northbound lanes of U.S. 27 were blocked until about 9:30 p.m., when police completed their investigation, and wrecker crews removed both vehicles. Traffic was diverted onto Haywood Valley Road to go around the crash scene.

Southbound traffic was able to travel normally.


Rome News Tribune