An Alma woman was killed in a three-vehicle traffic collision on Plant Avenue at its intersection with Ava Street at 9:32 a.m. Monday, said Waycross Police Major Chris Tatum.
Janice Katherine Harris, 65, of Alma, was declared dead at the scene by Ware County Coroner Atha Lucas, Tatum said.
Harris was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Impala north on Ava Street as she attempted to turn left into the westbound lane of Plant Avenue, Tatum said. Her car was struck in the driver’s side door by a 2003 Freightliner three-axle tanker truck loaded with diesel fuel traveling east on Plant Avenue, driven by Joshua Dean Cook, 37, of Lyons, said Tatum.
“The victim ran the red light, the best we can tell,” said Police Capt. Tommy Cox.
On impact, the two vehicles were propelled eastward through the intersection, the car pinned to the front of the truck, Tatum said. The truck pushed the Impala into a 2011 Ford Mustang that was stopped at the intersection in the westbound lane of Plant, scraping the Mustang down the driver’s side, Tatum said.
The driver of the Mustang was Thomas Denmark, 32, of Hortense. Neither he nor Cook complained of injury, Tatum said.
The vehicles separated, and the truck and Impala skidded into a restaurant parking lot in the 1400 block of Plant Avenue, Tatum said.
All lanes of Plant Avenue between Ava Street and Darling Avenue were closed to through traffic until the investigation at the scene was completed, Tatum said. The road reopened at 12:02 p.m.
The tanker truck’s registered owner is McClendon Enterprise, of Vidalia, Tatum said. No fuel was lost from the tanker.