A Fulton County Jail detention officer was one of several people injured Tuesday in a predawn wreck in northwest Atlanta.
Photo: BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM
Photo: BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Fulton Jail detention officer hurt in wreck

A Fulton County Jail detention officer was one of at least two people injured Tuesday in a predawn wreck in northwest Atlanta.

Fulton sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said the three-car crash happened just before 7 a.m. on Northside Drive at Kennedy Street.

Firefighters used the “jaws of life” to extricate the detention officer from the officer’s vehicle, Flanagan told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said the driver of a southbound Chevrolet Impala drifted into the northbound lanes, striking two vehicles, including the one driven by the detention officer.

The officer, who was driving her personal vehicle, was taken to alert and conscious when taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment of leg injuries.

Jones said a passenger in the Impala was taken to Grady in critical condition.

The officer was the fourth metro Atlanta law enforcement officer hurt Tuesday in predawn traffic incidents.

Two Gainesville police officers reportedly sustained minor injuries when they were struck by a woman fleeing a traffic stop about 4:30 a.m. in Hall County, and an East Point police officer was injured in a wreck before 5:30 a.m. at Irene Kidd Parkway and Martin Street in East Point.

The East Point officer’s condition was not immediately available.

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