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Wreck injures one, backs up rush-hour traffic
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Emergency workers investigate an afternoon crash Monday on Highway 144 at Ways Station Shopping Center that sent one driver to the hospital. - photo by Crissie Elric

A three-vehicle afternoon crash on Highway 144 at the Ways Station parking lot slowed traffic Monday after a pickup truck rolled on its side and one driver was sent to the hospital.

According to Maj. Michael Albritton with the Richmond Hill Police Department, Nelson Brenes of Orlando, Fla., was driving a Ford Ranger pickup truck westbound on Highway 144 around 5 p.m. He attempted to turn across traffic into the Ways Station parking lot when an eastbound GMC Yukon, driven by Sharon Tripplett of Bloomingdale, struck the right rear of the truck, causing it to roll on its side.

When the pickup truck rolled onto the driver’s side, it also struck the front driver side of a Toyota Camry, driven by Candee Harris of Jesup, who was waiting on traffic to clear to exit the parking lot, Albritton said.

Brenes was transported by Bryan County EMS to St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital in Savannah for minor injuries, and no other injuries were reported, Albritton said. Triplett was not speeding, Albritton said, noting traffic was “bumper to bumper at that time of day.”

Albritton said Brenes was at fault for the accident but was yet not cited with any charges at presstime.

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