Two drivers are lucky to be alive following a rear-end collision that caused a car and pickup truck to burst into flames at the intersection of Augusta Highway and Harrison Road near Thomson late Monday.
It led to one of the drivers being arrested.
Trooper First Class Rich Fishel of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown identified the drivers as Brandon Antwavious Ivey, 24, of the 1600 block of Autumn Ridge Drive, Thomson and Cheyenne Boddie Schmidt, 20, of the 1200 block of Klondike Drive, Grovetown.
Both drivers 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. Mr. Schmidt was taken by ambulance to the emergency room of McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson for treatment of assorted injuries following the collision that occurred about 10:30 p.m.
Mr. Ivey, who was not injured, was taken into custody on drug charges, Trooper Fishel said. He was transported to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center.
The wreck remained under investigation early Tuesday.
Immediately following the collision between a Nissan Altima GXE driven by Mr. Ivey and a Ford F-150 being driven by Mr. Schmidt, both vehicles erupted into a fireball, according to Sgt. John James of the Thomson Police Department.
Sgt. James, along with Officer Adam Dye and Deputies Marc Coy, Alan Baldwin and Jeff Norton of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department assisted with directing traffic around the wreck scene. It wasn't until about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday that the wreckage was cleared from the intersection.