Five taken to hospitals after wreck

Published 7:54 pm Friday, July 16, 2010

Four adults and one baby were taken to hospitals for treatment after a collision between a Chrysler Aspen SUV and a Chrysler 300 sedan on Friday evening.

The accident happened at about 6:10 p.m. at the intersection of Georgia 97 South and the Georgia 97 South Connector in Bainbridge.

The driver of the sedan, an 80-year-old man whose car had a Glynn County license plate, was taken by emergency medical helicopter to Tallahassee (Fla.) Memorial Hospital, according to EMS. His chest and abdomen had struck the car’s steering wheel in the crash, he had a possible broken arm along with knee pain.

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Public Safety Investigator Chris Jordan got into the sedan’s back seat to help stabilize and calm the elderly driver while other officers were working to cut open the car’s driver’s side door and roof, in order to free the driver.

The driver of the SUV, identified by law enforcement as Morgan Heard Johns of Bainbridge, had a possible broken foot and was taken to Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge by ambulance. Johns’ infant daughter, who was in a child safety seat in the rear of the SUV, was in good condition, Sheriff’s deputies said.

Two other persons were taken to Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge by ambulance, while another was taken by private vehicle.

According to State Trooper 1st Class Walt Landrum, who was assisting Bainbridge Public Safety with accident investigation, Johns was headed south on Georgia 97 and the sedan was headed north. It appeared the sedan had crossed over into Johns’ lane and struck the front of her SUV, causing the crash, Landrum said.

BPS Capt. Jack Bunting was investigating the accident, but no definitive information on how the crash happened at press time Friday.