A Waycross man who fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle on Georgia Highway 122 Sunday morning was seriously injured in the crash, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal. It was one of at least two injury accidents in the area occurring in recent days.
James Alvin Jordan, 48, was taken by Ware County Emergency Medical Service ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of his injuries, said Royal.
Cpl. Ethan Murray investigated the 2:35 a.m. accident, which occurred about 100 feet east of Rambo Lane.
Driving a 2005 Toyota Highlander, Jordan was westbound on Georgia 122 when he fell asleep while rounding a curve, said Royal.
The vehicle ran off the roadway and struck six mailboxes, skidded sideways and struck a culvert, causing the vehicle to go airborne. The sport utility vehicle then continued for 94 feet, overturning onto its side, then striking a utility pole.
The SUV came to final rest upside down on its roof with extensive damage. Royal said an electric service repair crew was called to the scene to replace the damaged power pole.
Jordan was charged with having no proof of insurance and failure to maintain a lane, said Royal.
Meanwhile, a Waycross woman was injured Friday in a one-vehicle accident on Miles Still Road in Brantley County, about a half mile north of Stagecoach Road, said the Georgia State Patrol.
Tammy Russell, 48, complained of injury but declined transportation to the hospital for treatment, said Amanda Dixon, GSP Waycross post secretary.
Trooper Jeffrey Robinson investigated the 10:30 p.m. accident.
Driving a Ford Ranger pickup truck, Russell was northbound on Miles Still Road, rounding a left-hand curve when the truck veered off the road onto the shoulder. Dixon said the driver jerked the steering wheel and the truck began to skid counterclockwise, across the road and onto the opposite shoulder.