Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of Washington Road and Telephone Street on the outskirts of Thomson on Sunday afternoon.
Because the wreck blocked both northbound lanes of traffic on Washington Road about 3:30 p.m., motorists were detoured through the parking lot of the nearby Regions Bank by Deputies Marc Coy and Henry Campbell of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department.
Both lanes remained shut down until the vehicles and debris could be removed. Traffic was snarled in that area for a little more than an hour.
Trooper First Class Rich Fishel of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown identified the victims of the near head-on collision as Lila Jean Carroll, of Gibson, and Melvin Keith Sikes and Charles Baldowski, both of Hephzibah.
All three were treated at the scene by personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first responders with the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services. They later were taken by ambulances to area hospitals.
Ms. Carroll was taken to the emergency room of McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson, while Mr. Sikes and Mr. Baldowski were taken to University Hospital in Augusta.
Trooper Fishel said Ms. Carroll, driving a 1994 Toyota Camry LE, was attempting to make a left turn into the parking lot of Regions Bank when she pulled into the path of Mr. Sikes' 1998 Chevrolet Silverado pickup. Mr. Sikes and his passenger had been traveling northbound on Washington Road.
Ms. Carroll was charged with making an improper left turn, Trooper Fishel said.