Children, ages 5 and 6, dead after wreck with semi – WSB Atlanta
Police are investigating a wreck that killed two children and injured a mother. Â The crash happened on Highway 138 between Caribou Trail and Scott Road in Clayton County just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“I heard this big boom. It sounded like an explosion,â€ one neighbor told Channel 2â€™s Carl Willis, asking not to be identified. Â Witnesses said seeing the aftermath of the fatal collision was much worse than they could imagine. Â Police say a silver Honda was T-boned by a semi-truck. The impact killed Jaaron Hamrick 5-year-old and Jayona Hamrick 6-year-old. Â The neighbor says she spoke with the children’s mother moments after the crash. Â “She said the brakes went out on the vehicle,” the neighbor told Willis. “It was chaotic. She was screaming. Praying to God. Asking God to take her instead.”
[More local headlines] Â Police said the driver had a stop sign, but her car pulled out onto Highway 138 right into the path of a big rig without a trailer. Â “He said he stood up and tried to stop,” said Joy Grady, the sister of the truck driver. Â Grady identified her brother as Cecil Adams, 44. She said he had no time to stop. Â “He went back to try to get the kids out of the car and said the little boy looked at him and then took his last breath,” Grady said. Â Grady said her brother is a father himself and keeps replaying the moment over in his head. Â “My brother is devastated. He loves kids… and that’s devastating him,” Grady said. Â “It was just very tragic. It was very sad. And I just hope and pray that the people of Atlanta pray for this family,” the neighbor said.
Witnesses said the mother was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for her injuries. There is no word on her condition at this point.