An Alma woman was injured Monday evening in a head-on collision on U.S. 1 North near the Papa’s Deli location, her car hit by a vehicle that was on the wrong side of the road, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
Shady Rae Tanner, 18, of Alma, was taken by helicopter to Memorial Medical Center in Savannah for treatment of possible neck, back and head injuries, said Royal.
Tanner was trapped inside the 2008 Hyundai Sonata and had to be extricated by Ware County Fire Department personnel using the Hurst “Jaws-of-Life,” said Lt. Andrew McCarthy, who was in charge of the extrication effort, assisted by Firefighters Bobby Sowell and Johnny Johnson. They then assisted the Ware County Emergency Medical Service technicians in stabilizing the patient while she was prepared for transport.
According to the report, James Stallworth, 59, of Waycross, driving a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro, was headed south in the inside northbound lane of U.S. 1, driving into oncoming traffic, Royal said, and his car struck the Tanner vehicle head-on. A third vehicle, a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Cindy Simmons, 46, of Alma, then struck the driver’s side of the Tanner vehicle.
The preliminary report was provided by Royal, who noted that the official report is being handled by Georgia State Patrol Trooper Sherman McClain. Royal said he believes charges may be pending the outcome of the investigation. Deputy Brad Pittman assisted the trooper.
State Patrol secretary Amanda Dixon said this morning the official report was not complete but that the rough draft confirmed the information given by the sheriff.
“The trooper worked really late last night on that report but it is not complete,” Dixon said.