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Woman’s Bad Driving on I-520 Leads to Serious Injuries for Three People in Augusta


Richmond County authorities arrested a McDuffie County woman Tuesday for causing a bad wreck on Bobby Jones Expressway that seriously injured three people.

Barbara Grant, 62, of Dearing, Ga., was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado with a trailer behind it at 3:25 p.m. last Tuesday when she “recklessly crossed the left lane of I-520 Eastbound in front of another vehicle,” an arrest warrant says. She crossed in front of Melvin Scott’s 1999 Dodge Dakota, causing her trailer to strike the front of Scott’s vehicle. The wreck occurred at mile marker 12.

Here is what happened as a result:

  • The impact broke Melvin Scott’s right wrist. Two bones in his left leg were also broken. He was rushed to Augusta University Medical Center and treated for the injuries.
  • Alan Bargeron, 29, of Augusta, was seated inside the trailer and was ejected onto the ground, causing him to break his right leg and pelvis. He also suffered a fractured rib. Bargeron was treated at AUMC. (On Facebook, Bargeron said he will not be able to walk for a few months and was in ICU before finally being released from the hospital on Monday. He said he was working at the time of this wreck.)
  • Christopher Williams was also seated in the trailer with Bargeron and was ejected, causing him to break his left femur, knee and three ribs. Williams was treated at AUMC.
Alan Bargeron posted this on Facebook.

An investigation led to the arrest of Grant this week for three counts of serious injury by vehicle, which are felonies. She remained in the Richmond County Detention Center on Wednesday morning without bond.


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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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