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Car crashes into guardrail

A Lincoln Continental crashed into a guardrail on Liberyt Expressway at Slappey Boulevard about 4:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2010. Authorities say the driver appeared to have lost consciousness just before the wreck.

A Lincoln Continental crashed into a guardrail on Liberyt Expressway at Slappey Boulevard about 4:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2010. Authorities say the driver appeared to have lost consciousness just before the wreck.

ALBANY, Ga. -- An Albany man suffered a seizure while driving east on Liberty Expressway Thursday afternoon, resulting in a wreck that caused him minor injuries, Albany police said.

Albany police said Patrick Medlock, in his mid-30s, apparently passed out, drove across the median, missed oncoming westbound traffic and crashed head-on into a guardrail just south of the Slappey Boulevard exit Thursday.

He was taken by Dougherty County EMS to the hospital about 4:40 p.m. He did not have his seat belt buckled when he lost consciousness, police said.

An Albany Police Department officer at the scene said, "That is a miracle. That is a miracle he lived through that."

The guardrail whipped up at least 15 feet into the air when Medlock's Lincoln Continental hit it. The impact threw the car's battery about 40 feet ahead of the car when it stopped.

Officers and other emergency personnel had westbound traffic slowed and in one lane as a wrecker hoisted the Lincoln into his flatbed truck.