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
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.
Story and photos by Bill Carson