Three people were killed, and two people injured–including one seriously–after a vehicle accident on Saturday evening in Early County.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, the two-vehicle accident happened on U.S. 84 East near its intersection with Potlikker Lane in the town of Jakin, Ga., about 7 miles northwest of Donalsonville, Ga. The accident happened about five miles east of the Georgia-Alabama state line at approximately 6:49 p.m., while it was still daylight.
According to Trooper First Class Mark Marchant, a Donalsonville, Ga., man was driving a blue Ford F-150 pickup truck eastbound in the left westbound lanes of U.S. 84 when he collided head-on with a gold Buick Enclave SUV traveling westbound. The Enclave came to rest in the highway median, while the pickup truck came to rest in the highway. State troopers are still investigating why the pickup’s driver was going the wrong way on the highway, TFC Marchant said.
There was a family of four people from Colquitt, Ga. inside the Buick Enclave; troopers do not believe they were wearing their seat belts, Trooper Marchant said. Three of the people were trapped inside the vehicle and were extricated by firefighters with the Jakin Fire Department.
Three persons passed away at the scene: 75-year-old Glynn Austin Henley, 70-year-old Gloria Ann Henley and 46-year-old Lorie Henley Haire, all of Colquitt.
A fourth occupant of the SUV, a male, was taken to Tallahassee (Fla.) Memorial Hospital by an emergency medical helicopter. The young male was listed in critical condition as of Sunday, according to Marchant.
The driver of the pickup truck, 53-year-old Eric Strouth of Donalsonville, sustained “visible, non-life-threatening” injuries and was taken to a hospital in Dothan, Ala., by ambulance, according to the State Patrol
Trooper Marchant said charges against the pickup driver are pending.
In addition to the State Patrol and the ambulance service, deputies from the Early County Sheriff’s Office and firefighters with the Jakin Fire Department also responded to the accident.