Roswell Road reopen after crash

by: Liz Artz Updated:

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - Workers have finished repairs to traffic lights on Roswell Road and Glenridge Drive in Sandy Springs after a Sunday morning wreck.

Channel 2's Liz Artz spent about seven hours at the scene, where crews had been working since about 3 a.m.

Police said the driver, who police are looking for, veered off the road, hit a crosswalk pole and then smashed into a power pole that held the traffic light cables for the intersection.

Artz saw the black Honda Accord with Tennessee tags being towed from the corner of Roswell Road and Glenridge Drive.

Two traffic cameras near the busy intersection caught the driver, who appears to be a woman, running away from the scene. Police believe alcohol might be a factor in the crash.

A long-time resident near the crash site said he heard the accident.

"I didn't know it was the lights falling, but you can definitely tell when there is a bad crash at this intersection," said Scott Felton.

Despite investigator's concerns of alcohol use, Felton said the city can't seem to find a way to safely maneuver traffic around the intersection.

"This is nothing new. It's been going on for as long as I can remember.  Horrific crashes, deaths," he said.

A city worker tried to redirect morning commuters, many whom were inconvenienced by the closure.

"I'm very, very late. Actually, I'm supposed to be at work at 6 a.m. and (Roswell Road and Glenridge Drive) is closed," a woman said.

The driver who caused the wreck will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident because of the extent of the damage.

Authorities said no one in the area lost electricity. Crews said the pole that was hit was not the power source, it just supported the traffic light.