Two injured in Monday wreck

Published 3:01 pm Monday, November 8, 2010

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Two people were injured in a Monday morning accident involving a pickup truck and a log truck on Whigham Dairy Road.

The accident happened shortly after 11 a.m. at the intersection of Whigham Dairy Road and Belcher Lane, a short distance northeast of Bainbridge city limits.

The pickup truck’s driver, 32-year-old Bonnie Brown of Auburn, Ga., was transported by emergency medical helicopter to Tallahassee (Fla.) Memorial Healthcare, according to the Georgia State Patrol and Decatur County Fire and Rescue.

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A passenger in the pickup truck, 38-year-old Tally Dollar of Bainbridge, was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge.

Lewis R. Butler, 52, of the Calvary community of Grady County, was traveling north on Whigham Dairy Road in an unloaded log truck, according to state troopers with the Georgia State Patrol’s Colquitt, Ga., post.

Based on state troopers’ initial observation, it appeared Ms. Brown—who was headed west on Belcher Lane in a Ford F-150—did not come to a complete stop at the intersection with Whigham Dairy Road. Brown continued on into the intersection and the log truck struck the driver’s side of the pickup truck.

The forceful collision whipped the pickup around clockwise so that it slid backwards down a steep incline and struck a utility pole, trapping Mr. Dollar in the truck.

The log truck also slid down the incline off the western side of Whigham Dairy Road and jackknifed before coming to rest about 20-30 yards north of the pickup. Butler, who was driving a truck for Circle S Timber Harvesting of Whigham, Ga., escaped the accident without any injuries.

The accident caused a lengthy detour around the intersection for several hours, while Sheriff’s deputies stood by so that the log truck could be towed away and the utility pole could be repaired.

In addition to Fire and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services, firefighters from the Blackjack Volunteer Fire Department and other emergency first responders helped out following the wreck.

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