Life-threatening injuries in Mableton Parkway crash

Detail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle in article about fatal accident on I-75

According to a public information release from Officer Sydney Melton of the Cobb County Police Department, the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Unit is investigating a serious injury collision this morning on Mableton Parkway, resulting in life-threatening injuries to an 86-year old Marietta man.

The accident took place at 8:31 a.m. on Mableton Parkway at Bonanza Trail.

The public information release describes the accident as follows:

A red 2010 Ford Ranger was preparing to make a left turn onto Bonanza Trail from eastbound Mableton Parkway. A tan 2011 Chevrolet Traverse was traveling west on Mableton Parkway, approaching the intersection with Bonanza Trail, in the left travel lane. The Ford initiated its left turn in front of the Chevrolet. The Chevrolet struck the passenger side of the Ford.

The Ford rolled onto its driver’s side and then slid onto the shoulder of Mableton Parkway. The rear of the Ford then rode a guyed wire, that was attached to a power pole, and came to a final rest with the rear of the truck in an elevated position. The truck remained in contact with the guyed wire.

The driver of the Ford, an 86-year-old Marietta man was taken to Wellstar Cobb Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Chevrolet, a 55-year-old Atlanta woman was transported to Wellstar Cobb Hospital with minor injuries.

The accident is under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Cobb County Police Department at 770-499-3987.

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 page of 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.”