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Sunday head-on crash involves Appling jail employee

Three people apparently injured

POSTED: June 15, 2014 9:19 p.m.
Photo by Lewis Levine/

The force of the crash is evident from the damage done to the front of both vehicles.

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At least one of three people injured Sunday afternoon wreck in Walthourville is in stable condition.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper David Harris said the woman driving a PT Cruiser was listed in stable condition in a Savannah hospital. Harris said she was three months pregnant, but that it was unclear whether her injuries would impact that.

The man with her was still listed in critical condition Monday morning. And a transport officer with the Appling County Jail was in surgery early Monday. He was initially identified as an Appling County deputy. His condition was not characterized.

Harris said the officer was driving west on Highway 84 when his car crossed over into the east-bound lane and ran into the PT Cruiser head-on. The officer, who has not been identified, was driving back to Appling County after dropping off a prisoner at the Georgia Regional Facility in Savannah.

Appling County Sheriff Benny Deloach said he hired the officer earlier this year. He said the crash will be investigated like any other wreck.

That includes reviewing activity on the officer's cell phone. Harris said that is routine in major accident investigations.

Both the deputy and the woman had to be cut from their vehicles using the jaws of life.

The woman and deputy were flown by helicopter ambulances to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. The passenger was driven by ambulance.

 

 

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