The Georgia State Patrol is investigating two single-vehicle traffic accidents that caused injuries, both of them occurring west of Waycross Monday, authorities said.
A Waycross man was injured and had to be extricated from his vehicle by Ware County Fire and Rescue personnel Monday along Georgia Highway 158, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
Clarence Dale Willingham, 46, of Holly Street, was transported by Ware County EMS to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross, unconscious and unresponsive, Royal said.
“He did not regain consciousness at the scene,” Royal said. “He was unconscious when deputies arrived at the accident scene, having received the accident call at 11:54 a.m.”
In a preliminary report, Royal said Willingham’s 2005 GMC Sierra appeared to be traveling west on Georgia 158 near Old Nicholls Highway when the driver lost control. The vehicle skidded across the highway’s eastbound lane and into a ditch, striking a tree on the passenger side.
Willingham was extricated by Ware County firefighters, Royal said.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper Myles Cooper arrived and took charge of the official investigation, Royal said. He was assisted by Ware County Sheriff’s Cpl. Ethan Murray.
Meanwhile, another single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on South Georgia Parkway resulted in an injury to a Waycross man, said Royal.
Arthur Rogers Joiner, 56, was transported by Ware County EMS to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of a head laceration, the result of a 5:09 p.m. accident, said Royal.
In a preliminary report, the sheriff said Joiner was traveling east on South Georgia Parkway approaching Musket Trail in a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser when the vehicle went out of control because of heavy rain and ran into a guard rail. The Toyota “swapped ends,” hit the rail again and then rolled over to come to rest on the passenger side in the roadway.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper Sherman McClain was the lead investigator. He was assisted by Ware County Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Pittman.