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Four injured, one critically, in collision that sent 2 vehicles down embankment

Marietta police are investigating a collision in which four people were injured Thursday afternoon.
Marietta police are investigating a collision in which four people were injured Thursday afternoon.
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Four people were injured, one critically, in a cross-median collision that sent two vehicles down an embankment and into some trees Thursday afternoon in Marietta.

And police said charges are pending against one of the drivers.

The crash happened around 4:45 p.m. on Cobb Parkway and the Canton Road Connector, according to Marietta police.

Investigators said a grey 2011 Toyota Highlander was on the exit ramp, heading from the Canton Road Connector towards Cobb Parkway when for an unknown reason the 78-year-old driver, Mr. Thomas Dempsey, lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway.

The Highlander traveled through the grass at a high rate of speed and struck a ditch, causing the vehicle to become airborne, police spokesman Officer David Baldwin said.

Mr. Boris Woodard, of Marietta, was traveling northbound on Cobb Parkway when the Highlander landed on top of the light brown, 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup he was driving, Officer Baldwin said.

“Both vehicles slid across all lanes of Cobb Parkway then traveled down the embankment on the west side of Cobb Parkway where they separated and came to rest against several trees,” Officer Baldwin said.

Mr. Woodard and his passenger, Ms. Anna Woodard, 25, were transported to Kennestone Hospital where Mr. Woodard was listed in serious condition Ms. Woodard was in critical condition, the spokesman said.

Mr. Dempsey and his passenger, Ms. Delann Dempsey, 73, both from Cleveland, Ohio, were both transported to Kennestone Hospital where they were listed in serious condition, Officer Baldwin said.

He said harges are pending, but provided no additional details on what they are.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Stephen Miller at (770) 794-5356.

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