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Wreck blocks Highway 84 near Liberty County High School
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Authorities investigate a wreck off Highway 84 near Liberty County High School around midday Monday. - photo by Photo by Lewis Levine

Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following clarification, which will appear in Sunday's print edition. Tasha Waye was driving a Chevrolet Impala that was involved in a collision with a Toyota 4Runner driven by Carolyn Smith near Liberty County High School on Highway 84 on Monday morning. The vehicles the women were driving were both correctly and incorrectly identified in an article in Wednesday’s edition.

A two-vehicle collision Monday morning near Liberty County High School sent two people to the hospital, authorities said.

The wreck, which happened shortly after 11 a.m. on East Oglethorpe highway, snarled traffic for more than an hour while investigators attempted to sort out what occurred.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Lyle Thurmond said a 2010 Chevrolet Impala driven by Tasha Waye, 38, and a 1996 Toyota 4Runner driven by Carolyn Smith, 51, were traveling in the eastbound lane when Smith, who was in the left lane, tried to change lanes. 

The 4Runner struck the Impala, causing Smith to lose control of her vehicle. It veered into the westbound lane, flipping once and ejecting Smith from the vehicle, which eventually came to rest on her, Thurmond said. 

Waye lost control of her vehicle and ended up sideways in a ditch in the eastbound lane facing oncoming traffic. Thurmond said Waye had to exit the Impala from the passenger side with the help of the Hinesville Fire Department.

Smith was flown to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, where her condition was not immediately available. Waye was taken to Liberty Regional Medical Center.

The accident is still under investigation.

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