Originally created 06/03/01

Head-on collision injures three

A head-on collision Saturday night on a rural section of a south Augusta highway sent three people to the hospital - one in critical condition.

Shortly before 8 p.m., the driver of a 1991 gray Nissan pickup was traveling in the southbound lane of Georgia Highway 56 near Burke County.

"For unknown reasons," said Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Geoff Rohrs, "the pickup crossed the center line, and they struck head-on."

The truck hit a 1999 gray Chevrolet Camaro that was headed north with two people inside, Deputy Rohrs said. The three people were rushed to Medical College of Georgia Hospital by Rural/Metro Ambulance.

Police had not released the name of the three victims late Saturday night. But dispatchers said no fatalities had been reported in the accident.

Deputies blocked off the highway for more than an hour and directed traffic onto an adjacent roadway. That portion of the road is under construction to widen the highway to four lanes.

Blood tests would be performed on the drivers, Deputy Rohrs said, to determine if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision.

Reach Vicky Eckenrode at (706) 823-3227.


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