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Martinez crash sends one to hospital

Posted: March 7, 2013 - 11:44am  |  Updated: March 7, 2013 - 10:31pm
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 The driver if a car that collided with an 18-wheeler on Washington Road in front of West Town shopping center has to be extricated from his vehicle before being transported to the hospital.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
The driver if a car that collided with an 18-wheeler on Washington Road in front of West Town shopping center has to be extricated from his vehicle before being transported to the hospital.

One person was sent to the hospital from a violent collision Thursday morning in Martinez.

A 1999 Toyota Corolla driven by Jerry Renew of Appling crossed the center turn lane and sideswiped an oncoming truck about 11:30 a.m. on Washington Road near Davis Road.

"He (Renew) stated that he blacked out traveling westbound and that caused him to veer into the eastbound lane," said  Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Keith Warner.

Renew briefly was trapped in the vehicle, and later freed by Columbia County Fire Rescue and Gold Cross EMS workers and transported to Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center. The truck’s driver, Micah Thomson from Opelika, Ala. was not injured.

Warner said that Renew was found at fault, but no citation would be issued.

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Comments (17)

Little Lamb

Pleasant Home

It's difficult to recognize every sign in the photo, but it's hard to miss golden arches. Is that red sign on the left the Gold Shop? If so, shouldn't the story say "near Davis Rd." instead of "near Pleasant Home Rd."?

Little Lamb

Suicide Lane

Also, which line is the "center line" when there's a center turn lane (aka "suicide" lane) in the road?

Barry Paschal


Corrections made - thanks.


The car looks really damaged,

The car looks really damaged, hopefully the person who was injured during the accident will be ok. Also, maybe the car can be fixed, even if it looks bad. There are auto repair shops that can do wonders, like this auto repair Aberdeen, MD. A reliable car like Toyota Corolla deserves the effort of trying to get it fixed.

Rick Johnson

A car accident is an

A car accident is an unexpected event, especially if the fault isn't yours and the other driver doesn't pay attention on the road. From the picture, the car looks pretty messed up, he will definitely have to repair it. For more information, you can check it out here http://www.holzhausersauto.com/ . Or, if the other driver is found guilty, he should be the one to pay for the repair costs.

Rick Johnson

The picture speaks for

The picture speaks for itself, this was a tragic car accident. The victim will definitely need an accident attorney to protect his legal rights: http://www.lavelylaw.com/choose-an-attorney.aspx . The first step is to repair the damages and the other driver should take care of this.


That is a horrible accident!

That is a horrible accident! The car is completely crashed. These accidents really complicate the traffic but fortunately there are companies that can move anything from one place to another or to store them just like http://cargocatsinc.com/ and the traffic is quickly lightened.


Hopefully the person that

Hopefully the person that ended up in the hospital is not too seriously injured. Because while you can still have your car repaired with the help of a supplier for auto body parts, the thought of having someone seriously hurt can be really hard to bear. That's why paying attention when driving is so important and nobody should disregard this advice.

Mary Sanders

This is a tragedy,

This is a tragedy, fortunately no lives were lost in the accident. The car owner definitely turned to tow truck in Alexandria VA that helped him with his disabled car. Unfortunately, this kind of tragic events happen more often than usual and this is another proof to this statement.