A driver and his passenger were seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when they were ejected from a pickup truck as it crashed and overturned on U.S. 1 seven miles north of the Ware County and Charlton County line, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
The driver, Robert Brian Simmons, age unavailable, of Callahan, and his passenger, Jackie H. Mills, 50, of Waycross, were taken by ambulances, one from Ware County and one from Charlton County, to the Georgia Forestry Station on U.S. 1 and were placed on board separate helicopters and transported to UF Health in Jacksonville, Fla., for treatment of their injuries, said Royal.
Driving a 2001 Toyota Tundra, Simmons was southbound on U.S. 1 when the vehicle ran off the road. The driver attempted to correct the steering and the truck crossed into the median, then back onto the roadway and began to overturn several times, coming to final rest on its roof in the grassy median, said Royal.
Ware County Fire and Rescue personnel responded to help with setting up a place for the helicopters to land and getting the accident victims on board and ready for transport. Chief Jesse Jordan conducted the landing setup.
Deputy Cpl. Bill Thomas and other Ware County Sheriff’s Department and Fire Department personnel assisted with traffic.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jeffrey Roberson investigated the 3:19 p.m. accident.