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Collision injures 4 early Sunday
Firefighters freed trapped passengers

A two-car collision injured four people, three of whom were trapped in a car for more than an hour early last Sunday in McDuffie County.

Trooper First Class Mike Callaway of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown said the wreck occurred about 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of Howard and County Line roads.

Firefighters/first responders with the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services worked for more than an hour to free the trapped passengers -- none of whom were wearing seat belts, Trooper Callaway said.

Personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene with two ambulance crews. They administered treatment of those injured at the scene before transporting them to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.

Joseph Adam Morris, of Augusta, the driver of a 1996 Honda Civic, sideswiped a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu traveling in opposite directions on Howard Road before Mr. Morris lost control and slammed into a large pine tree.

Trooper Callaway identified the passengers in Mr. Morris's car as Kristen Burch, of Dearing, Tiffany Logan, of Gibson and Jonathan Wieschaedel, of Lenox, Ga. None of their injuries appeared to be life-threatening, authorities said.

The driver of the Chevrolet, identified as Anthony Tyrone Finney, of Augusta and a passenger, Fred Tuten, of Dearing, were not injured. Mr. Finney's car sustained heavy damages to the driver's side, while Mr. Morris's car was totaled.

Trooper Callaway said both drivers received citations.

Mr. Morris was charged with driving too fast for conditions, driving on the wrong side of the road, failure to maintain lane and violation of the Georgia Seatbelt Law. Mr. Finney was charged with driving with a suspended license.

McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Deputy Bret Bentley assisted Trooper Callaway with the investigation of the incident.

Web posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009

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