GSP: Alcohol plays factor in head‑on wreck

January 12, 2019

An Adairsville woman has been charged with DUI and serious injury by vehicle after a Georgia State Patrol investigation determined alcohol was a contributing factor in a head-on wreck earlier this week on Ga. 53 near Farmville Road.

According to GSP reports:

Loretta Phillips, 44, of Adairsville, is also charged with failure to maintain a lane, driving on the wrong side of the road, open container violation and no proof of insurance. Additional charges to those filed Thursday are possible as the GSP investigation continues. Phillips had not been arrested as of Thursday afternoon.

Phillips and the driver of the vehicle she collided with — Gina Ward, 29, of Calhoun, — were both seriously injured. Phillips was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, but was not listed on the patient roster Wednesday. Ward was taken to Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, and was in good condition Wednesday.

Phillips was driving a 2011 Kia Soul westbound on Ga. 53 when she crossed the centerline and struck Ward’s 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe head on. Ward was driving the Hyundai eastbound on Ga. 53 and had one passenger in the car.

Both Phillips and Ward were entrapped in their vehicles following the wreck. The Gordon County Fire Department removed both women from their damaged cars. The passenger in the Hyundai was not seriously injured.

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