One person was injured in a single vehicle traffic accident Christmas Day on Braswell Lane.
Smithville Police Chief Thomas J. Stufano says 47 year old Jeffery Allen Scheffler of 911 Short Mountain Highway, Smithville was transported to DeKalb Community Hospital where he was treated and released.
The accident occurred at approximately 4:00 p.m. in the 200 block of Braswell Lane. Chief Stufano says Scheffler was traveling too fast for conditions and he over-corrected and fishtailed, which resulted in the vehicle leaving the roadway and ending up in a drainage ditch. The front end of the vehicle had extensive damage after hitting a drainage pipe at the bottom of the ditch.
Rescue workers at the scene rendered first aid to Scheffler who had facial lacerations. Scheffler was wearing his seatbelt which may have prevented him from receiving more serious injuries.
Chief Stufano says the Smithville Police Department would like to remind drivers that this is the time of year when they need to be vigilant about poor driving conditions. Motorists should use caution when driving. Some of the hazards include black ice, standing water, high winds, and driving rain, sleet, and snow.
You are reminded to give yourself plenty of time during inclement weather, and wear your seatbelts, and when making longer trips always let someone know when you are leaving, your route of travel, and your estimated time of arrival.