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Two survive ejection during crash near Portal
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            A man and woman ejected from a vehicle in a Monday evening crash suffered serious visible injuries, according to reports.

            Lacey Waters, 19, and Tyler Keith Finch, 21, both of College Heights, Portal, were ejected after the 1993 Lexus Finch was driving overturned several times, according to preliminary Georgia State Patrol reports.

            GSP Sr. Trooper Ricky Helton responded to Metter-Portal Highway just after 5 p.m. Monday, where the crash occurred near Brack Road, reports stated.

            While the accident is still under investigation and reports were incomplete Tuesday, Helton’s initial report stated Finch was driving south on Metter-Portal Highway when his car left the roadway onto the west shoulder. It traveled along the west shoulder for some distance before striking a ditch and overturning several times, ejecting both Finch and Waters.

            Charges against Finch for DUI are pending blood alcohol test results, Helton said.

            Waters was transported by LifeStar to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah.  She suffered two broken legs, a broken collarbone, a broken back and a puncture to her right hip, her mother, Frankie Waters, said Tuesday.

            The backbone break will not require surgery and Lacey Waters was “alert and talking,” Frankie Waters said.

            Finch was transported to East Georgia Regional Medical Center, where he answered his room telephone Tuesday. He said he suffered a wound to the head, which required stitches, and said his leg was crushed from “the ankle to the knee” and would require surgery.

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