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Family survives van crash into creek

Staff Photo: Erin Evans. A family of three was riding in this van Friday afternoon when it left the roadway on Oak Hill Road near Wilson Road and went into the creek. No one was seriously injured in the crash.

Staff Photo: Erin Evans. A family of three was riding in this van Friday afternoon when it left the roadway on Oak Hill Road near Wilson Road and went into the creek. No one was seriously injured in the crash.

COVINGTON — A head-on collision between a van and a pickup truck early Friday afternoon resulted in the van going off a bridge and into a creek, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

"A family of three was in the van. There was no entrapment and the injuries were non-life-threatening, thank heavens," said NCSO Public Information Officer Courtney Morrison. "They just had bumps and scratches."

Morrison said the crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. on Oak Hill Road near Wilson Road. The van was partially submerged in water, but the occupants were able to get out safely. The pickup involved in the crash was occupied by a single driver who also did not sustain serious injury.

Morrison said NCSO Traffic Specialist Sgt. Randy Downs is continuing to investigate the circumstances of the crash.

In other NCSO news, the McDonald's location at the intersection of Crowell Road and Interstate 20 was robbed by two armed men Friday morning who entered the premises in a somewhat unorthodox manner, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

"They entered the restaurant by climbing through the drive-thru window," said Morrison.

Morrison said two black men took approximately $1,200 from the store around 5 a.m. One of them was armed with a black handgun. Employees were unable to give a clothing or vehicle description, nor a direction of travel.

Morrison declined to give any more information on the incident, citing the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400.

Tips can also be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their website at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tips." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.