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Three injured in separate wrecks

A two-vehicle crash on the Wrens Highway near Thomson on Sunday afternoon slightly injured two women, one of whom works for the City of Thomson.

Several hours later on Sunday night, a 20-year-old Thomson man overturned his car while attempting to avoid a deer near the intersection of Georgia Highway 150 and Stagecoach Road in McDuffie County.

In the two-vehicle crash, Trooper Matthew MacDonald, of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown, identified the two women as Ruth Jordan, of Dearing, and Patricia Asher, of Anderson, S.C.

Mrs. Jordan was traveling east on Old Milledgeville Road and had reportedly stopped her 2004 Nissan XE pickup truck at the stop sign after leaving from the parking lot of her church nearby. Ms. Asher, meanwhile, was traveling northbound on the Wrens Highway in a 1998 Ford Taurus SE.

Trooper MacDonald said Mrs. Jordan pulled into the path of Ms. Asher, causing heavy damage to the driver's side of the Ford Taurus. Mrs. Jordan's pickup received moderate damages to the front end.

The mishap occurred at the intersection of Old Milledgeville Road and the Wrens Highway at 12:34 p.m.

Mrs. Jordan, who works as the receptionist for the City of Thomson, was charged with failure to yield after stopping at a stop sign.

At the time of the wreck, Ms. Asher, who is disabled, said she was returning home from a trip to Brunswick, Ga.

In the Sunday night crash, James R. Colten told Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper John Freeman that he lost control of his 1999 Chevrolet Lumina while attempting to keep from hitting a deer. The wreck occurred shortly before 8:30 p.m.

Mr. Colten was treated at the scene by personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services. He later was taken by ambulance to the emergency room of McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson.

No charges were filed.

Web posted on Thursday, September 17, 2009

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