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Elderly couple seriously hurt in car accident

CONYERS - An elderly couple from Decatur was transported by air ambulance to an Atlanta hospital with serious injuries Wednesday after their car flipped over on Old Covington Highway.The married couple, an 82-year-old man and a 78-year-old woman, were taken separately in helicopters to Atlanta Medical Center following a one-car accident at Philadelphia Christian School at 2360 Old Covington Highway S.W.The woman was listed in serious condition while her husband, who was driving the vehicle, was in critical condition, AMC spokeswoman Kendra Gerlach said.The accident occurred at 12:50 p.m. when the couple's Mercury Grand Marquis traveling eastbound ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and flipped over. The car landed upside down in the turn lane going into the school, Rockdale County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Jodi Shupe said.Rockdale County firefighters had to cut into the car to extract the couple. Shupe said an RCSO investigator was driving westbound and passed the couple as their car ran off the road. As the investigator turned around to head back, she saw the car hit the culvert and flip.The car traveled approximately 715 feet along the shoulder of the road before striking the culvert, Shupe said.The accident remained under investigation and no charges had been filed as of press time. Wednesday's accident was the second in less than a month involving elderly drivers. On Feb. 29, Mark Wilson Drillot, 90, and his wife, Rebecca W. Drillot, 82, of Loganville, died after their Cadillac sedan crashed near Bethel Road and Ga. Highway 20. Mark Drillot, who was driving, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Rebecca W. Drillot died while en route to Rockdale Medical Center.In that crash, RCSO investigators determined Drillot attempted to avoid striking an oncoming tractor-trailer as he was passing another car when the crash occurred.Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.