Five dead after Ga. Hwy. 144 head on crash

GLENNVILLE, GA (WTOC) - Five people, including members of a well known family in the community, are dead after a car crash outside of Glennville on Oct. 20. The wreck happened on Ga. Hwy. 144, just a mile outside of Fort Stewart on the way to Glennville.

There was not much rescue crews could do to save the victims. Georgia State Troopers say the man driving the SUV crossed paths with a woman driving her three grandchildren in her pickup truck. The woman tried to get out of the way but it was too late. The truck and SUV crashed head on.

Both the driver and the passenger in the SUV died, as did the driver of the truck, Janis McCurdy, and one of her grandsons and a granddaughter.

"It's our understanding that all the occupants of the victim vehicle were seat belted properly and secured properly. We've been able to determine that at this time," said TFC Denny Garnder, of the Georgia State Patrol.

One of McCurdy's grandchildren did survive and he is listed in critical condition at Memorial Health.

McCurdy was the owner of McCurdy's on Main, a store in Glennville. She also spent several terms on the Glennville City Council. She was very active in the renovations of the Glennville City Auditorium and in various city beautification projects.

Police are not releasing any other names until their next of kin are notified.

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