NWGA Scanner | August 31st, 2021

Trion man charged with DUI after causing head-on injury crash on Highway 27 Chattooga County

According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report, on Tuesday, August 24th, 2021, at around 8:25 PM, a 2002 Ford Explorer pulling a trailer being driven by Shannon Phil Trammell, 33, of Trion was traveling north in the southbound lanes of GA-1 in Trion. According to the crash report, Witness #1 stated that she observed Trammell fail to maintain his lane of travel multiple times and travel on the wrong side of the road while traveling behind it on GA-1. A 2019 Chevrolet Silverado being driven by Joshua Durham, 43, of Summerville, was traveling south in the right southbound lane of GA-1. Durham stated that he thought that the Ford was going to turn into the parking lot on the right. According to the crash report, Trammell then ran off of the roadway to the left before correcting to travel north in the same lane as the Silverado. Durham attempted to avoid contact by making an evasive maneuver to his right into the parking lot entrance but was unsuccessful. The Explorer slammed head-on into the Silverado. The Explorer rotated counterclockwise before coming to a final uncontrolled rest in the southbound lanes of GA-1 facing south. The Silverado rotated clockwise after impact before coming to a final uncontrolled rest in the parking lot entrance facing west. According to the crash report, “Trammell stated that he believed that he was in the center turn lane when impact occurred and that Durham steered into him.” According to the crash report, Witness #2 stated that he was behind the Silverado prior to impact and nearly struck it in the rear due to the sudden stop after impact. Durham was injured in the crash and transported to Redmond Hospital in Rome by Redmond EMS. Trammell was transported by Georgia State Patrol Trooper Mosley to Floyd Medical Center to be cleared for Jail. Trammell was booked into the Chattooga County Jail, charged with DUI/alcohol/0.08 grams or more, removing/affixing license plate with intent to conceal/misrepresent, drugs to be kept in original container, failure to maintain a single lane, and driving on the wrong side of the roadway.