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Recent wrecks injure 10 people

A near head-on collision between two cars in southern McDuffie County on June 20 injured eight people, three of whom had to be airlifted to an Augusta hospital.

In a separate wreck, a man and his son were seriously injured when the SUV they were traveling in on Fort Creek Road rolled several times. Authorities say that wreck was alcohol-related.

The crash on Sunday occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of Georgia Highway 17 and Fort Creek Road, according to Trooper First Class Matthew MacDonald of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown.

The wreck involved in two Honda Accords, one of which was driven by Kendrick Eubanks, of the 200 block of Oak Street, Wrens and the other one driven by Ericka Williams, of the 300 block of East View Drive, Augusta. Mr. Eubanks was traveling north on Ga. Hwy. 17, while Ms. Williams was westbound on Fort Creek Road.

Several persons in both cars, including some small children, were injured -- one a little boy, who was airlifted by helicopter. The child and two women were airlifted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

The three received what was described as serious injuries, Trooper MacDonald said. They remained hospitalized on Monday.

The injured were all treated at the scene by personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first responders with the McDuffie Fire/Rescue Services.

Traffic was snarled along that busy portion of the highway for more than an hour and a half.

Ms. Williams was charged with failure to yield at a stop sign and two counts of the Georgia Child Restraint Law, Trooper MacDonald said. Mr. Eubanks was charged with driving on a suspended license.

In the crash that occurred on June 19, about 6:30 p.m., David Annis Sr. and his son, David Annis, Jr. had to be taken by ambulances to MCG with serious injuries. Neither of the men was wearing seat belts and thus was thrown out of the Grand Cherokee Jeep reportedly driven by the younger Mr. Annis, according to GSP Cpl. Chris Wright.

One of the men was partially trapped underneath the wreckage and had to be freed by rescue workers jacking up the vehicle.

Mr. Annis, Jr. lost control of the SUV while attempting to round a curve. Charges of driving under the influence, open container violation, two counts of violation of the state seat belt law and failure to maintain lane, Cpl. Wright said.

Web posted on Thursday, July 01, 2010

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