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Rash of wrecks wreak havoc on area

A head-on collision near the intersection of Central Road and North Avenue in Thomson last Saturday night injured a woman and a two-year-old child, authorities say.

The crash occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the city limits, according to Officer Adam Dye of the Thomson Police Department.

Renae D. Barbour, of the 1400 block of Salem Road, Thomson, was in the process of rounding a curve on Central Road in a 1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass/Ciera when she lost control, causing her to cross over into the other lane of traffic. She slammed into a Saturn Ion, driven by Sharon D. Utteig, of Augusta, Officer Dye said.

A little girl, identified as Tniah Daniels, a passenger in Ms. Barbour's car, as was Ms. Utteig, was treated for various injuries by personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first responders with the Thomson Fire Department. The child was taken by ambulance to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta, while Ms. Utteig was treated at the emergency room of McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson, authorities said.

Officer Dye cited Ms. Barbour for failure to maintain lane and driving too fast for conditions.

Both cars sustained heavy front end damages.

In a separate wreck last Tuesday morning, a Thomson High School student was injured in front of the school after her car slammed into the rear of a car stopped in traffic.

THS student Haley Michele Baker was taken by ambulance to the local hospital for various injuries and since has been released, police said.

Officer Don Hilson of the Thomson Police Department said Miss Baker, driving a 2008 Toyota Corolla, hit Kwynta Danyell Brown of Dearing in the rear of a 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass/Ciera shortly before 8 a.m. in front of Thomson High School. The two cars were traveling along White Oak Road at the time of the accident.

Miss Baker said she did not realize the car in front of her was stopped at the time because of a traffic backup. Officer Hilson said she was cited for following too closely.

Web posted on Thursday, April 10, 2008

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