Two Are Killed, a Third Injured in 3-Vehicle Wreck at Cody’s Corner at SR 11 and CR 304
FlaglerLive | June 19, 2015
Last Updated: June 21, 8:49 p.m.
Cody’s Corner–the intersection of State Road 11 and County Road 304, at the southwest end of Flagler County, was the scene of a devastating wreck again late this morning.
Two people are dead and a third person, a man, was taken to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach, after one car T-boned another and catapulted it against a loaded logging truck. The driver of the logging truck was not hurt.
George W. Brown, 60, and Sandra Brown, 49, both of of Welaka, Fla., were killed. Meredith Holmes, 68, a resident of the Villages, was injured. Charles D. Bennett, 56, of Pierson, was at the wheel of the logging truck.
The wreck took place just before 11:30 this morning, in bright, clear conditions.The Florida Highway Patrol investigated the scene. Preliminary reports at the scene indicated that George Brown, at the wheel of a gold-colored 1991 Chrysler, may have blown past a stop sign at the two-way stop intersection. A black VW Jetta driven by Holmes t-boned it, causing the gold car to also crash against the front of the logging truck.
The Jetta was driving south on SR11, an FHP investigator said at the scene. The Chrysler was going east on 304. The logging truck was stopped on SR11, preparing to make a left turn onto 304. “The Chrysler went into the intersection, I don’t know why yet,” the FHP investigator said. The Chrysler’s action triggered the wreck. The Chrysler had initially been stopped at the intersection, an FHP crash report released Sunday indicates.
Both the Jetta and the Chrysler ended up fully in the grassy shoulder at the southwest corner, with both cars facing southwest (as measured by compass though the report notes southeast as the vehicles direction, in accordance with the two roads’ direction at that sport). The logging truck, which belongs to Tumbling Pines Inc. of Bunnell, was heading north on SR11. It remains where it was the instant of the wreck, stopped at the stop sign, facing north on SR11, its front bumper dented.
Holmes was not seriously injured and was taken to Halifax as a precautionary measure, early reports indicate.
Initially rescuers from Bunnell’s Engine 63 were not able to extricate the two bodies in the gold car because the violence of the wreck had wrapped metal and other car parts around the victims to such a point as to make extrication difficult. Flagler County Fire Rescue sent Engine 92 to assist as soon as the medical examiner gave clearance to remove the bodies. The individuals’ ages are not known at the moment, but a man was at the wheel, and a woman, or a girl, was in the back seat.
“The impact of the car was on the direct driver’s side, and it was right at the driver’s side door,” Flagler County Fire Chief Don Petito, who was at the scene soon after the wreck, said. “What we call intrusion into the car is how far” the impact moves parts of the car into its normal frame. “If the metal is supposed to be here, and you get a two-foot intrusion, it’s actually two feet into the car. This was two to three feet into the car. The driver’s seat was actually where the passenger seat is supposed to be. So you can imagine the compromised metal that is now where it’s not supposed to be, we peel it away from it. If we do an extrication on a regular car, that metal is not that compromised, where the Jaws of Life is able to just rip it off. We try not to do any damage to the bodies any further so the medical examiner can see the cause of death. There’s a lot more that goes into an extrication like that.”
Petito, interviewed four hours after the crash, said that it had been established that both victims in the Chrysler were adults, though “we don’t know their ages just by looking at them, and they couldn’t get their ID’s until we had actually cut into the car,” the chief said.
The extrication was taking place at 1:30 p.m. and was completed by 2 p.m.
The Palm Coast Fire Police closed southbound and north-bound traffic on SR11 at Cody’s Corner. Those conditions remain in place for now.