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Family escapes fiery accident

A pregnant woman, her child and husband miraculously escaped after their car erupted into flames when it was struck by a pickup truck near Dearing last Sunday night.

The woman, who was said to be 13 weeks pregnant and her child 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. The woman and child later were taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Augusta.

Within just a short period of time, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire.

The drivers of the two vehicles involved in the crash, Charles Russell Snyder, of the 300 block of Creekside Drive, Grovetown and Korey Cranford, of the 1300 block of John Perdue Road, Matthews, managed to escape injury, according to Trooper First Class Mike Callaway of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown.

The collision between Mr. Snyder's 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt LS and Mr. Cranford's 1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck occurred at the intersection of Lucky's Bridge and Fort Creek roads shortly after 7 p.m.

It first was reported to authorities that at least two persons were trapped inside the car that burst into flames after being struck by the pickup truck. It turned out that the occupants of the car were able to escape just seconds before the car burst into flames.

The accident occurred when Mr. Cranford, the bed of his truck loaded with cut wood, was unable to stop at the stop sign while traveling on Fort Creek Road.

His truck skidded into the path of the oncoming car, Trooper Callaway said.

Mr. Cranford was charged with operating an unsafe and improperly equipped vehicle, as well as having an invalid tag, Trooper Callaway added.

Web posted on Thursday, March 11, 2010

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