WAYNESVILLE, Ga. -- A Nahunta man was killed and three others were injured Tuesday morning when a sport utility vehicle crashed off the eastbound lanes of U.S. 82 about a mile east of the Brantley County line, the Gerogia State Patrol told the Florida Times-Union.
The driver and one passenger of a 2002 Ford Explorer were airlifted from the scene by a helicopter that had landed in the closed eastbound lanes. The westbound lanes were also closed while the helicopter was on the ground.
Conrad Featherston, 53, of Nahunta, who was ejected as the vehicle rolled over, died of his injuries, Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Chad Gray said.
Featherston, who was not wearing any safety belts, was taken to Southeast Georgia Medical System's Brunswick hospital by a Brantley County ambulance crew, Gray said.
Glynn County Coroner Abe Brown said Featherston was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The crash occurred about 11:15 a.m. when the eastbound Explorer went into the center median and the driver, Raymond Newman, 19, of Nahunta, over corrected twice and ran off the roadway a second time as he tried to regain control, Gray said.
The Explorer began rotating across the two eastbound lanes and then overturned several times before it came to rest on its roof beside trees adjacent to the right-of-way, Gray said.
Newman was airlifted to UF Health Jacksonville along with Dennis Simpson, 46, also of Nahunta, who owns the vehicle and was a front seat passenger, Gray said.
Simpson suffered significant injuries, but Newman's injuries were not serious nor were those of Clifton Burden, 23, also of Nahunta, who was also taken to the Brunswick hospital, Gray said.
Glynn County police, firefighters and EMTs were at the scene as were their counterparts from Brantley County. The eastbound lanes were kept closed from the time of the crash until 1 p.m. as the emergency responders worked and the State Patrol investigated.
Brantley County sheriff's deputies stopped traffic at the county line and detoured it north along Post Road to Georgia 99.
A State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is also investigating the accident, Gray said.