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Semi Crash On Interstate 59 Blocks The Northbound Lanes For Hours

  DADE COUNTY, Georgia - Wednesday, May 2,2007 - 7:00 am - A northbound semi tractor trailer was believed to have veered off the right hand side of Interstate 59,just south of the Slygo Road Exit, striking a guard rail. When the truck swerved back into the roadway, the driver may have over corrected as it flipped onto itís side. Witnesses said the driver was ejected from the cab as the truck was flipping. The loaded semi truck landed under a bridge, crossways across all of the northbound lanes. The driver landed several feet away from the truck in the grassy median.

Firefighters with the Trenton Fire Department and North Dade Fire Department were dispatched to the scene of the crash. Paramedics with Hutcheson EMS were also dispatched to the scene. A Dade County Sheriffs Officer arrived on the scene within seconds, followed by a Trenton Fire Chief. The Fire Chief immediately reported the driver to have very serious injuries. Within minutes, paramedics arrived on the scene and quickly made the decision to request the Life Force air ambulance from Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

The air ambulance arrived on the scene in short order and rescuers quickly loaded the critically injured driver onboard. The driver was flown to Erlanger Medical Center while firefighters started the cleanup task. The semi truck was loaded with mail so crews had to wait for US mail officials to arrive and unload the truck. The northbound lanes were finally reopened around 2:00 pm. The actual cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.

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