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Three injured in Long County wreck
Ludowici/Long County Fire Department Capt. Karl McDonald, firefighter Tyler Hall and several other emergency responders help a Statesboro woman who was injured Tuesday on Highway 301. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
A two-car wreck Tuesday in Long County sent three people to the hospital. Georgia State Patrol Trooper W.N. Bouman said he received a call just after 1 p.m. about a two-vehicle accident on Highway 301 South, just outside Ludowici’s city limits.
According to information provided to him, the trooper said, Willow Meeks, of Statesboro, was driving south on the highway, toward Jesup, in a Mercury Sable. The woman apparently rear-ended a Chevrolet Caprice Classic driven by Garcia Torres, who was heading to his home in Jesup. Bouman said Torres had a passenger, Rosa Sanchez, who was in the passenger-side front seat.
According to the incident report, when Meeks hit Torres, both drivers lost control of their cars. Both vehicles came to rest on the highway.
Ludowici/Long County Fire Department and Long County EMS units arrived on the scene and responders found all three victims still in their vehicles, complaining of injuries. According to Bouman, Torres and Sanchez both complained of neck and back pain. The trooper said he didn’t know anything about Meeks’ injuries. All three were taken by EMS units to Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup.
Bouman said Torres was cited for operating a vehicle with a suspended license and for driving with a suspended registration. The trooper said that even though the incident still is under investigation, speed appears to have been a factor. He said Meeks was cited for driving while following too close to another vehicle.
The Long County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Department of Public Safety also responded to the call.
According to a Wayne Memorial Hospital spokesman, Torres, Sanchez and Meeks all were released from the medical center later that evening.
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