Four people were injured in a head-on collision of automobiles on Cherokee Avenue near Ware County Middle School at about sun-up today, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
He said a brake malfunction on one of the cars led to the crash.
Both drivers, Tiffany Stewart, 21, of Tebeau Street, and James Lester Bennett, 59, of Dorothy Street, were taken by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of their injuries. Royal said two passengers in the Stewart vehicle, Scotty Stewart, 28, and a 2-year-old boy, were also taken to the emergency room, the toddler as a precaution.
Tiffany Stewart was trapped in her vehicle and was extricated by Ware County Fire Department personnel, firefighters Santo Nino, Andrew McGhin, Derek Brewster and Andrew McCarthy, using the Hurst “Jaws-of-Life” tool.
Royal said Tiffany Stewart, driving a 2004 Honda Civic, was eastbound on Cherokee Avenue near Satilla Parkway when her brakes locked up for some unknown reason. Her car veered into the westbound lane where it collided head-on with a 2003 Toyota Corolla driven by Bennett, the only occupant of the Corolla.
Royal said both vehicles had extensive damage.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper Merritt Meeks was in charge of investigating the 6:40 a.m. wreck. He was being assisted by Cpl. Bobby Aldridge and Deputy Dave Hanson.