Three Vehicles, Including Fire Truck, Wreck in Canton

Two people were injured in the accident at Hickory Flat Highway and Newton Fowler Lane

CORRECTION: Croft has been taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, not Northside Hospital-Cherokee, where Clanton was taken.

Two people were injured in a three-car accident that involved a Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services fire truck in Canton on Thursday afternoon, authorities say.

According to a Cherokee Sheriff's Office press release, Shayla Croft, 20, of Canton was stopped on westbound Hickory Flat Highway while attempting to turn left on to Newton Fowler Lane at roughly 12:11 p.m. The initial investigation indicates that Ronald Clanton, 36, of Canton was also traveling on westbound Hickory Flat Highway and rear-ended Croft's Honda Accord.

The collision caused Croft's vehicle to travel into the opposing lane of traffic, where it was struck by the fire truck. No firefighters were injured in the collision.

Both Croft and Clanton have been taken to Northside Hospital-Cherokee; Croft was lifeflighted to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Clanton's injuries are non-life threatening.

No charges have been filed in the accident.

Honest Mom January 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Thank God they are okay!
Bill Bryan January 25, 2013 at 01:28 AM
When waiting to turn left the natural tendency for some of us is to go ahead and turn the wheels that way in anticipation. This of course causes your car to be propelled into oncoming traffic if you are rear ended. Not saying this happened here, just that it does happen a lot. Please remember to ALWAYS keep the wheels pointing straight when waiting to turn left.
Amy Rich January 25, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Wow I new it'd happen eventually. I lived on Newt Fowler for years. It's such a bad turn trying to get across or come out. I'm glad they will be ok
steff January 25, 2013 at 05:08 AM
They are not both ok. Shayla is laying in a hospital and we don't know if she will ever walk again. We pray for everyone and hope this wakes people up and make them drive with care. Our family and our sweet Shayla will be changed forever after today. We thank God that he was with her today and that we still have her and we are putting our trust in God that she will walk again.
Rebecca Gravley Calkins January 25, 2013 at 06:12 AM
The wreck was at Newt Fowler Lane not Newton. Shayla is in no way at fault here. Do not assume that she turned her wheels. That is not the only way you get pushed into oncoming traffic. The truck that hit her was going fast and obviously was not paying attention to the road. The right of the road is a straight drop and may have killed her. We thank God that he was with her in that car. She is however not OK. She has a broken back, broken ribs, bruises, and cuts. I'm sure they will know more after she has surgery in the morning. She has a long road to recovery if she's able to walk again. That they are not sure will happen at this point but we are praying it will for her. She's not your typical 20 yr old. With Shayla it's never all about her. She's kind, caring, unselfish, funny, smart, and an all around good woman. As steff said this has affected us all today. For my brother to have to pull up to seeing all the debree and his girlfriend this way, our families to have to see Shayla in this condition with nothing for us to do to help her when she's helped us all mentally or otherwise hurts so much... I just hope they at least ticket the other driver as he was obviously in the wrong here.... Pray for her do not say unkind words. Thank you.
Firefighter mom January 25, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Praying for everyone involved. Tell her we are praying for her recovery! Glad it wasn't fatal.
People are Crazy January 27, 2013 at 05:13 PM
That thought had never occurred to me. I turn my wheels left waiting on traffic to pass before turning into my subdivision several times a day. This is great advice! Hopefully I can remember to do it.
People are Crazy January 27, 2013 at 05:16 PM
I believe you read his comment wrong. He in no way said it was her fault. He made a very common sense suggestion to hopefully protect others from having this happen to them when idiots rear end you.
People are Crazy January 27, 2013 at 05:25 PM
It is sad that people read stories and see where a person is life flighted and have "non- life threatening injuries" and assume they are okay. Having to live with spinal cord injury myself, I can say that there can be worse things things than death and living with cord injuries is not okay. I pray this young woman recovers from her injuries and in time WILL BE okay.
Patricia Saye January 27, 2013 at 06:13 PM
My prayers goes out to this whole entire family
Rebecca Gravley Calkins January 27, 2013 at 08:21 PM
I apologize if my comment came as rude. I was in a mood from feeling helpless to Shayla at the hospital. I just hope justice is served. I lobe Shayla like a sister.
Teresa February 10, 2013 at 04:53 AM
First I want to Thank everyone for the nice words for my niece Shayla Croft, I just came from The Shepherd Center where she is and will be for 6 weeks or longer,Shayla is one of the strongest young Ladies I know, I think I would be so upset, mad want someone to pay, but Shayla just goes with it, pls prayer for Shayla that Gods will, will be done!!


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