A two vehicle wreck involving a Chevrolet pickup truck and a Jeep Wrangler occurred around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night, sending one woman to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga and closing the southbound lanes of U.S. 27 near New Armuchee Baptist Church for over an hour.

According to Trooper Abraham Chiesa of the Georgia State Patrol, Post 38, in Rome:

A Chevrolet 1500 pickup, driven by 33-year-old Brandy Phillip of Summerville, was traveling north on U.S. 27. A Jeep Wrangler, driven by 21-year-old Monica Minter of Rome, was traveling west on Depot Street when she apparently pulled into the path of the pickup, either trying to turn into the southbound lanes or trying to go straight across on Depot Street.

Phillip braked but could not avoid contact with the Jeep, colliding with the driver’s side door of the Wrangler and spinning it around into the southbound lanes of U.S. 27. Both vehicles were heavily damaged, and firefighters had to work for several minutes to help get Minter out of her vehicle.

EMTs on the scene treated Minter for several injuries, including a facial fracture. A helicopter was called in to airlift Minter to Erlanger Medical Center, landing in the parking lot of New Armuchee Baptist to pick her up from the ambulance.

Phillip was checked at the scene and did not appear to have any serious injuries.

Chiesa said the wreck is still being investigated and he was not sure if any charges would be filed.

Northbound traffic on U.S. 27 was reduced to one lane while emergency crews worked the scene, while southbound traffic was blocked and diverted through a parking lot to avoid the wrecked vehicles.

The scene was cleared and the highway reopened around 11:15 p.m.

Rome News Tribune