A Waycross man was badly injured Thursday evening when he drove his vehicle into a canal at the dead end of Margaret Street, said Waycross Police Capt. Tommy Cox.
Phillip Body, 29, of Waycross, was taken by a Ware County Emergency Medical Service ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after he was extricated from his 2007 Dodge Nitro by Waycross Fire Department personnel, said Cox.
Body was headed east on Margaret Street approaching the dead end when the vehicle veered into the westbound lane just past Hamilton Street. Cox said the vehicle ran off the road and into a canal where it overturned, trapping the driver inside.
The accident remains under investigation and charges are pending, Cox said.
Officer Tyler Westcott investigated the 6 p.m. accident.
Meanwhile, a Waycross man had an encounter with a wild deer on Central Avenue Thursday about 7:55 p.m. as his vehicle hit the deer and the deer entered the vehicle through the windshield, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
The driver, Kenneth Floyd Crall, 43, of Waycross, was taken by a Ware County Emergency Medical Service ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of various injuries he suffered in the accident, said Royal.
Ware County Fire Department personnel responded to the scene of the accident and used the “Jaws-of-Life” to extricate the driver from his 2004 Chevrolet Blazer, Royal said.
Crall was driving eastbound on Central Avenue nearing Highland Drive when the deer appeared in his path. On impact, the deer entered the windshield, causing the man to lose control of his vehicle.
The SUV ran off the west side and as it left the roadway, it overturned onto its roof, trapping the driver inside, Royal said.
Deputy Cpl. Ethan Murray assisted Georgia State Patrol Trooper Justin Jones with the investigation.