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Two wrecks injure two in Long County

Drivers flown to Savannah for care

POSTED: November 14, 2007 5:01 a.m.
Long County police and first responders were busy recently, as there were two wrecks of local residents resulting in the drivers having to be airlifted to Savannah for medical treatment.

First wreck
Police and rescue units responded to a single-vehicle wreck Oct. 27 at the intersection of George Swindell Road and Flowers Road, .3 miles east of Macedonia Church Road.
According to a report given by Georgia State Trooper 1st Class R.F. Barry at about 1:57 a.m., Jordan Brannen, 21, of Ludowici, was traveling east on George Swindell Road when he lost control of the 2006 GMC Canyon truck he was driving. The vehicle left the south edge of the roadway and traveled 263 feet before overturning.
Barry said the vehicle overturned several times, traveling an additional 144 feet before it struck a tree where it came to rest. When it struck the tree, the driver was ejected from the truck and thrown about 95 feet before he struck another tree.
In addition to the GSP being on the scene, the Long County Sheriff's Department, fire department and EMS units also were there.
Deputy Shane Middleton said once Brannen was located, he was treated for severe trauma and airlifted to Memorial Medical Health University Medical Center by a Life Star unit.
According to Barry's report, Brannen was cited with driving too fast for conditions, and has pending charges of DUI. The report also indicated that a blood alcohol and drug test was given.
Brannen's current medical condition was not known at press time.

Second wreck
According to Long County Sheriff's deputy Tom Sollosy, a second single-vehicle wreck occurred at the 21 Mile Marker on Georgia Highway 57 near the Leonard Hughes Road intersection at about 7:50 a.m. Monday.
In addition to the sheriff's department being on the scene, GSP Senior Trooper Michael Reddish worked the call.
Reddish reported Kenneth Morgan, 20, of Ludowici lost control of the 2006 Chevy Colorado truck he was driving while traveling on Highway 57 and ran off the west shoulder of the road.  The truck then traveled 80 feet across the highway and ran off the east shoulder.
At that point, the vehicle rotated in a counter-clockwise motion traveling another 135 feet and then overturned.  The vehicle then traveled 13 feet and overturned again, this time traveling 30 feet while being airborne.
After another impact, the vehicle traveled 25 more feet, before finally resting on its roof.
According to Reddish, Morgan was treated for severe injuries, and then taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center by a Life Star Unit.
Reddish said Morgan was cited with failure to maintain a lane.
Morgan's current medical condition wasn't known at press time
In addition to the GSP and the sheriff's department, Long County fire and EMS personnel responded to the call.
 

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