The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. in the neighborhood just outside Cedartown city limits and off Collard Valley Road, according to witnesses.
A Nissan Quest hit a brick mailbox at 505 Woodland Road, leveling the masonry and destroying the front of the vehicle.
The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) is not releasing the driver’s identity yet because the report isn’t finalized.
The driver, a local mom, sustained a cut on her arm and was treated at the scene. Her son and the family pet, a Dachshund, escaped without injuries, according to witnesses.
“I heard a loud boom and someone knocked on the door saying call 911,” said Jeanette McElwee, who has lived at 505 Woodland Road with her husband Tommy for more than 40 years.
“I’m just thankful it’s a mailbox and not someone seriously injured.”
McElwee said her neighbor, who is a nurse, assisted by looking for injuries while waiting for Redmond EMS, Polk County Volunteer Fire Department, and Polk County Police to arrive.
After realizing there were no serious injuries, McElwee said the mom and son became concerned about their dog, which couldn’t be found.
As it turned out, the dog had jumped to the very back of the vehicle in fear after the crash and was found without injury.
GSP officials, who took over the accident to determine what exactly caused the crash, said the wreck occurred when the dog started throwing up in the car.
The driver looked down at the dog when the animal began getting sick and went off the road, officials said.
McElwee said it is a little sad for her to lose her mailbox because her husband, a retired mason, built it. He is disabled now and can’t build it again, she said.
However, she said it could have been worse because children are constantly playing in the area.