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Collision results in minor injuries

POSTED: September 2, 2009 9:21 a.m.
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Emergency responders work the scene of an accident Friday in Long County.

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Five Liberty County residents suffered minor injuries after a head-on collision Friday night in Long County.
According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Eric Wilkes, 19-year-old Avery Giles was driving east on Griffin Road in front of Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park at about 7 p.m. when the teen apparently blacked out and crossed into the westbound lane, facing oncoming traffic.
The 1990 Hyundai Giles was driving collided with a 1991 Chevrolet V-10 Blazer, driven by Willie Lee Taylor, 30, of Hinesville.
 Giles’ brother Adrian, 17, and a 13-year-old female were also riding in the Hyundai. The three teens are Walthourville residents.
Chermaine Thornton, 26, of Hinesville, was riding in the Blazer with Taylor.
According to the trooper, all five people suffered minor injuries and were taken by Long/Liberty County EMS to Liberty Regional Medical Center.
“They all were very fortunate. They were wearing their seatbelts and, after investigating, it appeared that they were both traveling the posted speed,” Wilkes said.
He said Giles was given a citation and charged with failure to maintain a lane.
The Long County Sheriff’s Department, the Long County/Ludowici Volunteer Fire Department and the Walthourville Police Department also responded to the accident.
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