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Mesena woman is injured in SUV rollover

A 48-year-old Mesena, Ga., woman was seriously injured, and a local teacher escaped injury in separate one-vehicle crashes just minutes apart in McDuffie County on Saturday , authorities say.

Cpl. Chris Wright of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown identified the Mesena woman as Jan Askew Phelps.

Mrs. Phelps, who was thrown out of a SUV, received various injuries, including a head laceration. She was treated at the scene by personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first responders with the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services.

Mrs. Phelps was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.

Cpl. Wright said Mrs. Phelps had been traveling south on Mount Pleasant Road when she ran off the right shoulder off the roadway and flipped a 1970 International Scout at least once. The wreck occurred about 3:22 p.m.

No charges were filed.

Deputy Kalvin Johnson, of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department, and Sgt. Willie Williams and Cpl. Josh Jones, of the Thomson Police Department, helped direct motorists around the emergency vehicles at the scene of the wreck.

In an unrelated accident, a 54-year-old teacher at McDuffie Achievement Center in Thomson managed to escape seriously injury after he lost control of his Toyota Avalon while rounding a sharp curve on Moose Club Road. The wreck happened shortly before 3:30 p.m.

Sgt. Ritchie Howard of the Georgia State Patrol identified the teacher as Randall Walker, of Carl Drive.

"I said, 'Lord Jesus save me,'" Mr. Walker said as he was losing control of his car.

The car hit a utility pole and turned over in a deep ravine.

Mr. Walker, who was seat belted, said he was forced to crawl out the driver's side window because he was not able to get the door open.

Mr. Walker was charged with failure to maintain lane, Sgt. Howard said. After being checked by local medical personnel, Mr. Walker was driven home by Deputy Henry Campbell.

Web posted on Thursday, October 14, 2010

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