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Florida couple injured in I-20 wreck

A Florida couple was critically injured and had to be airlifted to an Augusta hospital after a SUV flipped several times while traveling along Interstate 20 in McDuffie County on Tuesday, April 13.

Traffic was snarled for more than an hour in both east and west bound lanes of the busy highway, as medical helicopters landed in the roadway to retrieve the injured couple and fly them to the trauma center at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Senior Trooper John Freeman of the Georgia State Patrol Post in Grovetown identified the couple as Jacob Dingle and Twonia Kelley-Johnson, of Homestead, Fla.

Mr. Dingle and Ms. Johnson 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. At the time, they both were listed in critical condition with various visible and other injuries.

Ms. Johnson, a passenger in the GMC Yukon, was thrown out during the crash, which occurred not far from the 175 Exit about 3:30 p.m.

Trooper Freeman said Mr. Dingle had been traveling westbound and for reasons unknown lost control while attempting to change into another lane.

The crash still is under investigation.

Web posted on Thursday, April 22, 2010

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