Dump truck flips, spills load on Audi

Detail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle in article about hit-and-run on Cunningham RoadDetail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

A dump truck flipped and spilled its load of dirt on an Audi with five occupants in Acworth on Thursday.

According to Officer Neil Penirelli of the Cobb County Police Department, investigators report that on May 16, 2019 at 12:16 p.m., a Mack dump truck driven by James Brown, 46, of Cartersville, failed to slow for a red light on Cobb Parkway in time to avoid entering an intersection.

Brown then attempted to turn onto Creekside Drive to avoid hitting vehicles in the intersection.

But the dump truck struck a curb, and flipped onto its left side.

The load of dirt in the truck dumped onto an Audi with a driver and four passengers.

The five occupants of the Audi were taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with minor injuries. Brown was also taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with visible injuries.

The accident is still under investigation by the Cobb police department’s STEP Unit, and anyone with information is asked to phone the Cobb County Police Department at 770-499-3987.

What is the STEP Unit?

The STEP Unit, which investigates serious or fatal traffic crashes, is one of the Cobb County Police Department’s Special Operations units, and is described on the web pageof the Cobb County Police Department as follows:

“The Selective Traffic Enforcement Unit is responsible for investigating all fatal traffic crashes, enforcement of traffic laws in those areas which analysis indicates an elevated amount of crashes. They are also responsible for the administration and execution of the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program. They also take part in special security details, and investigate crashes involving Department vehicles when requested.”

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