Two people were injured Monday when a vehicle struck a pine tree because the driver’s vision was impaired by the sun, said the Georgia State Patrol.
The driver, Beth Murray, 54, of Waycross, sustained a minor injury but was not taken to the hospital, said Amanda Dixon, Waycross GSP post secretary.
One of the passengers in the vehicle, Randall Johns, 51, of Waycross, was injured in the crash. He was taken by Ware County Emergency Medical Service ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment. A second passenger, Joseph Johns, 59, of Waycross, was not injured, said Dixon.
Driving a Hyundai Sonata, Murray was southbound on a private drive. She drove for about 33 feet then slammed into a pine tree. Dixon said the driver told lawmen she had turned around because she could not see for the sun in her eyes.
Trooper Sherman McLain investigated the 4:50 p.m. accident that occurred at 243 Cherokee Ave. in Ware County.