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Wreck snarls traffic on Market Place
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Both drivers escaped serious harm Tuesday afternoon in this two-vehicle wreck near Wal-Mart on Market Place Boulevard in Cumming. - photo by Emily Saunders

Traffic slowed during lunchtime Tuesday after a sedan collided with a sport utility vehicle in the center lane of Market Place Boulevard in Cumming.

Cumming Police Officer Richard Murphy said the wreck occurred about 12:30 p.m. when a Ford Taurus, driven by Catherine McGinley, 69, of Cumming struck a Nissan Xterra from behind.

“She pulled out and struck him in the center lane and he swerved at the last second,” he said. “Everybody’s OK though.”

The driver of the Xterra, 62-year-old Barry Moore of Cumming, suffered a few scrapes but no major injuries were reported.

McGinley was cited for failure to maintain lane.

The wreck slowed lunchtime traffic on Market Place, a bustling retail corridor.

James Brown was on his way to Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits for lunch when the collision happened.

“I was amazed that he got out like that,” Brown said. “I saw it roll a couple of times down the street. We thought kids were flying out (of the truck) because all this stuff was flying out of the window. That’s why we stopped.”

Brown and a co-worker said Moore was heading north when McGinley pulled out of the Wal-Mart parking lot in the same direction.

“She tagged the back of him,” Brown said. “(The SUV) kind of turned around and rolled and came up again. It was crazy.”