Senior Trooper B.L. Mims of the Georgia State Patrol said Griffin resident Wesley Bell was driving a Chevrolet Corsica when the accident occurred.
The vehicle, traveling north, struck the bridge just north of 1401 S. McDonough Road. Mims said in a later interview that Bell, 18, had leaned over to speak to the front-seat passenger, a 16-year-old female whose name was not released, and took his eyes off the road before striking the bridge.
The impact rotated the vehicle clockwise in the road, and it ended up on the bridge facing south. He had been driving at or near the speed limit.
Bell and Torrey Pope, who was in the back seat of the vehicle, were taken to Spalding Regional Medical Center, treated and released.
The female juvenile, who had to be extricated from the vehicle at just after 4:30 p.m., was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta from a landing zone near the intersection of South McDonough Road and Futral Road.
Battalion Chief Wayne Jones of the Spalding County Fire Department contacted the county’s emergency-services dispatch, which said the call went out at 4:01 p.m. He said the 16-year-old victim had a broken leg and a broken arm, but was alert and conscious.
Mims said Bell would be charged with failure to maintain lane.