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Two killed, 3 hurt in I-16 crash

Two women died Saturday night from injuries they sustained in a second accident after surviving the crash of the sport utility vehicle they were riding in on Interstate 16, a Georgia State Patrol trooper said.

Killed were Michelle Miller, 48, and Martha Williams, 41, both of Savannah, Senior Trooper B.B. Riggs said.

The westbound 1999 Honda CR-V overturned as it crashed through the median and came to rest in the eastbound left lane of the interstate. The eastbound driver of a Ford Focus, whose pregnant wife was in the car with him, came up without warning on the disabled SUV about 8:45 p.m., the trooper said.

The car struck Williams, who was outside of the SUV trying to help Miller, Riggs said. The car also struck the SUV, with Miller inside the vehicle, Riggs said.

Brian Loyd, 27, of Dublin, the driver of the Ford Focus, was treated for minor injuries at Fairview Park Hospital and released. His wife, Aimee Loyd, 28, was kept overnight for observation and released Sunday, Riggs said.

Tyrone Pegram, 38, of Savannah, the driver of the SUV, was transported to the Dublin hospital. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening, the trooper said.

No charges are expected, Riggs said.

The SUV had swerved to miss a tire in the middle of the road that had apparently fallen off another vehicle at mile marker 37, which is about two miles west of the Cochran overpass at Ga. 26, according to Riggs.

The driver lost control and the SUV overturned through the median in a barrel roll. It came to rest facing south in the left lane of the eastbound travel lanes.

Williams, the right-rear passenger, got out of the wrecked vehicle and was standing outside of it to help front-seat passenger Miller. The eastbound car struck Williams and the SUV.

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