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A Sylvester Police Officer is hospitalized after troopers say fell asleep at the wheel of her cruiser and struck another car head on.

Officer Madeline McCullar had just dropped off an inmate at the Turner County jail when she crossed the center line on Highway 112 and crashed into that oncoming car. That driver was also injured. Now both of them are facing traffic charges. WALB News Tens Gianna Caserta has more state troopers.

These pictures show the wreckage of a crash involving a Sylvester Police cruiser.

Troopers say Officer Madeline McCullar was traveling south on Highway 112, heading back Saturday into Sylvester just after 6 AM.

"Returning from taking an inmate to Turner county jail," says Sgt. George Hall, Sylvester Police Department.

McCullar's shift was ending and she was about to get off work.

"We know in this line of work, unfortunately we drive a lot of hours, and a lot of miles on these cars," says Hall.

Georgia State Trooper Jeff Hobby says McCullar dozed off while approaching the sharp curve at Shingler.

Brandon Cross of Ashburn was traveling north on Highway 112 when McCullar smashed into his Mercury Grand Marquis.

"Apparently she fell asleep, crossed the center line and hit another car head on," says Jeff Hobby, Georgia State Trooper.

Hobby says people do not realize how dangerous it is to operate a vehicle while sleepy.

"It can get quite dangerous, because once you doze off, you don't have control over the vehicle, I mean the vehicle has control of you," says Hobby.

Both Cross and McCullar sustained serious injuries and were transported to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital by Worth EMS.

"Mr. Cross sustained a broken leg, chest contusions, and some mouth injuries, and Ms. McCullar, she had a broken leg and a broken ankle," says Hobby.

Hobby says there are a few things you can do if you feel yourself falling asleep on the road.

"I would suggest if they get tired, just stop the car, get out and walk around a few minutes," says Hobby.

A few minutes that could end up saving your life.

Cross is charged with driving on a suspended license and Officer McCullar is charged with failure to maintain lane.

They are both still in the hospital but are in good condition.

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