Truck driver injured in wreck last Thursday

Published 5:14 pm Monday, May 21, 2012

A semi-trailer truck driver was injured last Thursday morning after he swerved to miss a vehicle that pulled out in front of him and his truck overturned, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The accident happened at about 6 a.m. last Thursday morning on Georgia State Route 97 South at its intersection with Smithtown Road, about three miles north of the Georgia-Florida border.

Richard Wayne Bullard, 46, of Cantonment, Fla., was driving a yellow Quikrete truck northbound on Georgia 97 when a vehicle pulled onto the highway’s southbound lane from Smithtown Road. Bullard swerved his truck to avoid striking the vehicle and Bullard’s truck ran off the highway’s southern shoulder, where it struck a culvert and several large trees before coming to rest against a fence.

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The truck’s load, which was not specified in the GSP’s accident report, was thrown off the truck and spread along the path the vehicle traveled in the ditch.

Bullard, who was wearing his seat belt, sustained an “incapacitating” but non-life-threatening injury to his upper extremity. He was transported to Tallahassee (Fla.) Memorial Hospital by emergency medical helicopter.

When contacted Monday, a hospital spokesperson said Bullard was not listed in the hospital’s patient directory.