Among area traffic accidents causing injuries over the weekend, rear-end collision on the South Georgia Parkway east of Nahunta Friday injured two Brunswick teenagers, said the Georgia State Patrol.
Tristan Bennett, 17, of Brunswick, and his passenger, Jaylin Bennett, 14, of Brunswick, were taken by Brantley County ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of injuries they sustained in the 5:14 p.m. accident, said Amanda Dixon, GSP Waycross post secretary.
Driving a Toyota pickup truck, Tristan Bennett was westbound on the South Georgia Parkway, followed by a Mack truck driven by Daniel Johns, 39, of Nahunta, said Dixon. The front of the Johns rig struck the rear of the Bennett pickup truck, causing the pickup truck to rotate clockwise for 59 feet before leaving the roadway on the north shoulder and entering a ditch. The truck then overturned onto the passenger side, Dixon said.
Johns was not injured. He was charged with following too closely behind another vehicle, Dixon said.
Trooper Merritt Meeks investigated the 5:14 p.m. accident.
Meanwhile, a Jacksonville, Fla. man was charged with driving under the influence Sunday after he crashed his car on U.S. 301 south of Nahunta, said the Georgia State Patrol.
Jack Ring, 32, was injured in the 4:01 p.m. accident. He was taken by Brantley County ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment, said Dixon.
Ring was driving a Buick LeSabre northbound on U.S. 301 when he left the roadway and veered onto the shoulder. Dixon said the car skidded 278 feet across a ditch embankment, struck several trees and came to rest in a line of woods.
Ring was charged with DUI alcohol, no proof of insurance, posse
ssion of two driver’s licenses, failure to maintain a lane, a seatbelt violation and possession of an open container, said Dixon.
Trooper Justin Jones investigated the accident.
A Waycross man was injured Saturday when the pickup truck he was driving crashed on the South Georgia Parkway in Ware County, just east of the Brantley County line, said the Georgia State Patrol.
Lewis Catlett, 33, complained of upper extremity injuries but was not taken to the hospital, said Dixon.
Driving a Ford Super Duty, Catlett was westbound on the South Georgia Parkway, pulling a trailer that was hauling a pickup truck. Dixon said the truck began to swerve from lane to lane for 324 feet and ran off the west shoulder of the roadway. The truck entered a north ditch for 101 feet, rotating counterclockwise and jack-knifed, then overturned.
Dixon said the trailer and the truck it was carrying entered a wooded area, the truck the man was driving overturning onto the passenger side. The truck on the trailer came to rest partially off the trailer, said Dixon.
Sgt. Terry Thrift investigated the 12:11 p.m. accident.