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Three Injured in Crash on Hwy. 292

Three persons were extricated from their vehicles in a two-vehicle crash at Georgia Highway 292 and Collins Road in Lyons last week. The Georgia State Patrol, which investigated, reported that a sport utility vehicle driven by James Arnold Lovett, 50, of Soperton, veered into the opposite lane of traffic and was struck by a car driven by Julian Vernon Kennedy, 82, of Lyons. The wreck occurred around 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 25.

Lovett was taken by helicopter to the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and Julian Kennedy, and David Kennedy, 75, a passenger in Kennedy’s car, were transported to Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia for treatment of suspected serious injuries.

The wreck occurred as Lovett, traveling west on Highway 292, failed to maintain his lane and traveled onto the north shoulder of the highway for 298 feet before overcorrecting. Lovett then veered into the eastbound lane and was broadsided on the passenger side by Kennedy’s car. Lovett’s vehicle then overturned and came to rest in a ditch adjacent to the road.

Lovett was cited for driving with a revoked license, failure to maintain his lane of traffic, and not wearing a seat belt. Kennedy was not cited in the mishap. The GSP is continuing to investigate the incident.

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