VALDOSTA -- Two men returning from Homerville late Monday after installing carpet all day ended their trip sooner than anticipated.

Chad Hart, 22, Americus, and Curt Redding, Albany, were traveling west on Hill Avenue when they collided with a Mercury Topaz driven by an unnamed 17-year-old male who was headed north on Fry Street, Hart said.

The Ford truck driven by Hart struck a pole on the northwest shoulder of the road at the corner of Fry Street, knocking down the traffic lights. The Topaz stopped in the turn lane facing the south side of the road.

Lt. Jerry Smith, Valdosta Fire Department Station 1, said the call came in about 6:09 p.m. A firefighter cleaned up the site with cat litter after the car was loaded by the wrecker service. The fire department is equipped with hazardous material cleanup equipment, Smith said.

Smith said this was the second accident the Fire Department had attended. The first occurred on St. Augustine Road, but he was not aware of how many people were injured.

"When it gets late in the evening and it's a little slick from the rain, we seem to have a few more accidents," Smith said. "People don't pay enough attention when it gets like this."

Eastbound traffic was being detoured at Forrest Street and traffic was stopped completely in the westbound lane of Hill Avenue. The traffic signals were fixed by the city's Traffic Engineering Division.



To contact Tanya B. O'Berry,please call 244-3400, ext. 239.

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