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3 injured in van-car collision

A near head-on collision between a medical van and a car near the intersection of Georgia Highway 17 and Ridge Road in McDuffie County injured three persons last Friday afternoon.

One of the more seriously injured victims was flown by helicopter to an Augusta hospital.

Trooper First Class Patrick Prosser of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown identified the injured as: Wayne R. Brunner, of the 2400 block of Persimmon Road, Augusta; Candace Morris and Sarah Kathryn Calhoun, both of Savannah.

Miss Morris was more seriously injured than the other two persons. She, like Mr. Brunner and Miss Calhoun, were treated at the scene by personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first responder with the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services.

Miss Morris, a passenger in a Mercedes-Benz, driven by Miss Calhoun, was flown by helicopter from the scene of the collision that occurred about 2 p.m., while Miss Calhoun and Mr. Brunner were taken by ambulances to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.

All three persons since have been released from the hospital.

Barry Fleming, of Harlem, who happened upon the wreck, assisted the two injured women, while another motorist stopped to help the injured man from the medical van, owned by Trinity Home Health and Hospice in Augusta.

Traffic was stopped on in both the north and southbound lanes for a while, as the medical helicopter landed in the roadway. McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Deputies Henry Campbell and Barry Whitfield directed traffic around the wreck scene, once one of the lanes of traffic was re-opened.

Senior Trooper Tommy Crafton assisted Trooper Prosser in the investigation of the wreck.

Trooper Prosser said Mr. Brunner was traveling northbound, while Miss Calhoun was traveling southbound. Mr. Brunner told troopers that the car was passing another vehicle and in his lane. When he tried to swerve towards a ditch to avoid a wreck, so did Miss Calhoun.

Miss Calhoun was charged with passing in a no passing zone, Trooper Prosser said.

Web posted on Thursday, September 16, 2010

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