Jane Costlow sat strapped upside down in the driver’s seat of her Nissan Armada, her vehicle turned over in a ditch after a two-car wreck.
Moments before, she’d been driving away from Rome on Ga. 101. She’d just passed Saddle Mountain Road when a Toyota Corolla driven by Stacie Henson — who was arrested after the wreck — approached from the northbound lane.
Just after 9 a.m. Tuesday the Corolla crossed over the double yellow line and collided with Costlow’s car, said Rome police officer Mike Simmons.
The collision sent Costlow 310 feet down Ga. 101, where her vehicle flipped into a ditch. The Corolla slid 75 yards in the other direction and came to rest against the guardrail, Simmons added.
“My seat belt had me, and I was just suspended in the air,” Costlow said. “They had to bust my window out and pull my door open.”
Police said there were no serious injuries. Both vehicles received significant damage.
Police discovered Hen son had outstanding warrants out of Cedartown for failing to appear in court on traffic charges. Simmons said he could have cited her and released her to Cedartown authorities.
Instead Simmons opted to charge Henson with failure to maintain her lane and driving with an expired license. She was booked Tuesday morning into the Floyd County Jail and made her $294 bond that afternoon.
The wreck forced outbound traffic to detour around Ga. 101. Inbound traffic was unaffected, until a wrecker pulled the Armada from the ditch and stopped traffic in both directions.
The highway reopened to vehicles shortly after 10 a.m.