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Deputies investigate three recent mishaps in Henry County

Feb 14, 2017

Three accidents occurred in a three-day span — two of which happened on Feb. 8 — on county roads.

The sheriff’s office received a report of a single-vehicle accident Feb. 10 near the intersection of 220th Street and Quaker Avenue.

According to the accident report, Christine Mertens, 67, Salem, was traveling eastbound in a 2016 Chevrolet near the intersection of 220th Street and Quaker Avenue when she lost control of her vehicle. No injuries were reported and damage to her car was estimated at $3,000.

Deputies responded to a pair of motor-vehicle accidents on Feb. 8.

A two-vehicle accident occurred near the intersection of U.S. Highway 34 and Dakota Avenue. An investigation determined that Julio Vega, 49, Fairfield, was driving a 1990 Toyota in the outside lane of Highway 34 heading east.

Vega lost control of his vehicle and crossed into the inside lane of Highway 34 where it was struck by a 2005 GMC, driven by Joseph Lunsford, 67, Birmingham. Both vehicles came to rest in the median.

Vega was transported to the Henry County Health Center for injuries sustained during the collision. He also was cited for failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle, a simple misdemeanor.

The sheriff’s office also received a call of a car in the ditch on U.S. Highway 34 near the intersection of Henry-Des Moines Avenue. After an investigation, it was determined that Amanda McKenzie, 31, Mt. Pleasant, was traveling east on Highway 34 when her 2000 Chevrolet went into the ditch. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $1,500.

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