4 sent to trauma center after fatal accident in Effingham Co.

4 sent to trauma center after fatal accident in Effingham Co.
(Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC)

EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - One person is dead after a fatal wreck on Old Augusta Road South on Saturday night.

Two vehicles, each driven by single occupants, were heading northbound on Old Augusta Road when one of the vehicles collided head-on with a Chevrolet van near Rincon-Stillwell Road.

The van was carrying four passengers, two adults and two children. It rolled over onto the driver's side door.

According to the Effingham County Coroner's Office, Alisha Powell, 26, of Townsend, was a passenger in the van and died instantly on the scene. Powell was in the mid-stages of pregnancy. The baby also passed away.

Powell was visiting extended family in Clyo and was heading back home. Others in the van were trapped and had to be extracted with rescue tools and jaws of life.

Vernon Powell, Alisha Powell's husband, was the driver of the van.

They were then transported to Memorial's trauma center, as well as the driver of the vehicle that struck them.

According to GSP Trooper Cuddington, The driver who hit the van is Johnny Miller, who was also taken to Memorial. The other driver, Earl Schrack, is in the Effingham County Jail without bond facing charges for DUI, vehicular homicide, and reckless driving

Georgia State Patrol, SCIRT, the Effingham County Sheriff's Office, Rincon Fire Department and the Effingham County Coroner's Office responded to the scene.

"It appears alcohol involvement in the other two drivers, because one of them has been charged with a DUI, he's at the jail in Effingham," said Coroner David Exley, Effingham County Coroner's Office. "But the racing hasn't been substantiated by any means so that will be up to the SCIRT team to decide those things. They're looking into all of the causes on that."

Many have suspected racing was a factor but Exley says GSP is still investigating and can't confirm that at this time.

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