A Rome woman, her 4-year-old daughter and a pregnant Aragon woman who later gave birth were being treated Friday night for injuries received in a fiery collision on Rockmart Highway near the Windmill subdivision, just north of the Polk County line.
Police said Voriea Barber, 30, of Rome, was driving a Chevrolet Lumina southbound at about 1:25 p.m. Friday when she attempted to make an improper pass and collided head-on with a white, northbound Isuzu sport utility vehicle.
Conditions for Barber, her passenger and daughter, Christina Barber, and the driver of the Isuzu, Cassie Albert, 23, of Aragon, and her newborn were not available at press time from Floyd Medical Center.
The passenger in the Isuzu, DeLisa Kent, 19, of Rockmart was treated and released from FMC, hospital officials said.
Officers said the collision caused the Lumina to burst into flames, but not before the Barbers were extricated.
Seth Winstead of Rome was mowing a friend’s lawn in the subdivision when he heard the accident over the roar of the mower. He ran to the scene then ran back inside to get a fire extinguisher.
He sprayed the 3- to 4-foot flames with the extinguisher while four other men pulled one of the victims from the Lumina. “Once they got the person out, (the flames) basically engulfed the entire car,” he said.
Winstead said the heat was so intense that it popped the car’s tires.
Officers said the victims appeared to remain conscious before being taken to the hospital. “They were talking and crying,” Montgomery said.
All three lanes of Rockmart Highway were closed for about an hour
Floyd County police Pfc. Nancy Montgomery, who worked the case, said she didn’t issue any citations Friday.
Staff Writer Marc Dadigan contributed to this report.