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Three-car wreck stalls traffic

A man and woman were injured in a three-car, near head-on crash on Main Street in Thomson the day before Christmas Eve, Dec. 23.

Both of those drivers were taken to area hospitals, while the driver of the third car was not injured, following the wreck that occurred in front of Bi-Lo about 4:45 p.m. last Wednesday.

Two of the cars involved were totaled, authorities said.

Investigator Lt. Scott Whittle of the Thomson Police Department identified those injured as Mary Green, 70, and Robert Kitchens, 35, both of Thomson. Both were treated at the scene by personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first responders with the Thomson Fire Department.

Mr. Kitchens received a right leg injury and was complaining of chest pain and was taken by ambulance to Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Green was taken to the emergency room of McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson for an evaluation.

The third driver, Shirley Hunnicutt, 65, of Salem Road, Thomson, was not injured.

Officer Josh Caston, who investigated the wreck, said Mrs. Green was at fault. He explained that Mrs. Green had been traveling north in a Mercury Grand Marquis GS and was preparing to make a left turn into a nearby shopping center.

Mr. Kitchens, meanwhile, was traveling south in a Nissan Altima GXE and slammed into Mrs. Green's car.

"She (Mrs. Green) said she didn't see him," Thomson Police Sgt. Willie Williams said.

Mrs. Hunnicutt's car was stationary while she was attempting to exit the shopping center. It was slightly damaged when it was struck by Mr. Kitchens' car.

Officer Caston said Mrs. Green was charged with failure to yield while making a left turn.

Traffic was snarled for more than a half hour along the busy roadway until wrecker crews were able to clear the wrecked cars from two lanes.

Web posted on Thursday, December 31, 2009

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