None of the injuries were life-threatening, a Georgia State Patrol trooper said.
The collision occurred around 5:30 p.m. when a white Ford Explorer driven by Billy Andrew Glover, 31, of Moulton, Ala., struck a mailbox while traveling into Rome.
Glover tried to pull back onto the road but overcompensated, spun around and crossed the road to collide with Sgt. Ray Reed Logan’s westbound Ford F350 just west of the Coosa post office.
“(Glover) left the road for some unknown reason,” said Georgia State Patrol Trooper 1st Class Vernon Scott. “I don’t know why. He doesn’t know why.”
Scott added that no drugs or alcohol were involved in the wreck.
Logan, 48, of Rome, and Glover were ejected from their vehicles. Scott said they were lucky they weren’t hurt worse.
Glover had head injuries, though Scott noted they weren’t major. He said Logan’s left leg was broken.
Wanda Logan, 41, and Benjamin Logan, 14, received cuts and bruises.
All four were taken to Floyd Medical Center, where they were being treated Saturday evening.
“He’ll probably be out a few months with that broken leg,” Floyd County police Chief Bill Shiflett said of Logan. “We’ll take care of the situation for him.”
Both vehicles received heavy damage.
A Jet Ski being towed by Logan, which had yet to be used, appeared to be scratched.
Glover was charged with failure to maintain lane, driving on an expired license and safety restraint violation.
Traffic in both directions was stopped.
About 40 minutes passed before eastbound traffic could continue unhampered.
Westbound traffic was backed up for close to a mile for around 90 minutes after the wreck.
Across Georgia, the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety is predicting 2,550 accidents for the Memorial Day weekend, resulting in 650 injuries and 17 fatalities.
Last year, the DMVS reported, 18 people were killed and 707 were injured in the 2,654 crashes. Twelve of those victims were not using safety equipment. And seven fatalities were alcohol or drug related