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Two Dawson residents airlifted after head-on collision
Two cars were involved in a head-on collision Tuesday morning, April 21 near the intersection of Bailey Waters Road and Highway 136

Two people were seriously injured Tuesday morning in a head-on collision in northwestern Dawson County.

One patient was transported with serious injuries to Atlanta Medical Center, and a second patient was transported to Grady Hospital also with serious injuries, Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford said. Both patients were airlifted.

Injured in the wreck was Jeremy Burnette, 39, of Dawsonville, who was driving a 1990 Subaru. Also injured was Shannon Holbrooks, 21, of Dawsonville, who was driving a 1994 Lexus LS400.

The accident occurred at approximately 9 a.m., April 21, near the intersection of Highway 136 and Bailey Waters Road.

A 1990 Subaru driven by Jeremy Burnette was believed to be traveling west on Highway 136 when it crossed the center line, striking the Lexus head-on, Georgia State Patrol Spokeswoman Robin Stone said Thursday.

Holbrook is in serious but stable condition, Stone said, and had undergone surgery for broken bones.

No information was available on Burnettes condition.

Charges are pending until GSP completes its investigation.

Dawson County Sheriffs Maj. Greg Rowan said both drivers were conscious and responsive when emergency personnel arrived on the scene.

Once the patients were stabilized, they were taken by ambulance to Elliott airfield, off Highway 183, and airlifted to hospitals.

At the time of the wreck, road conditions were dry with bright sunshine.

A young Army Combat Lifesaver, who lives near the crash scene, assisted the young woman.

Katie Earwood, 27, was at home watching television Tuesday morning, April 21, when she heard a loud boom.

My mom heard it too and yelled for me to start running, so I took off, Earwood said. When I got to the scene a firefighter was already helping the man, so I ran over to a girl in the other car. I told her to stay still and not move. I just kept her calm until paramedics arrived.

Earwood said she is trained to stop bleeding and to handle trauma.

Im transportation military, and Ive been trained in case when Im in combat and one of my battle buddies gets injured, I can take care of them until a qualified medic arrives.

Earwood joined the Army five years ago and recently reenlisted for six additional years.

I fell in love with it and its what Im really good at, she said. I love helping people. Ive been deployed and Ive seen things. Im glad that I can be someone that people trust and someone they can look up to and know that Im there to help them, not harm them.

Earwood said she has seen numerous accidents at the intersection.

"We need to do something right here, right now, especially with all the tractor-trailers. They fly up and down the road doing 90 (mph), and people pull out in front of other people."

Highway 136 is a state-owned road and Bailey Waters Road is owned and maintained by Dawson County.

We have not received any complaints or requests from local officials to look at changes (at that intersection), Teri Pope, communications officer with GDOT said Thursday.