Vehicle can’t be found after crashing into Attapulgus Creek, driver comes out OK

Published 4:47 pm Friday, February 9, 2018

Early Thursday morning a single car accident occurred on State Route 1 in Attapulgus, creating for quite the scene after a car landed in Attapulgus Creek.

Chance Thomason was driving to work in Tallahassee in his Crown Victoria when he proceeded to change lanes and drove into the grass. While attempting to get back on the asphalt, he overcorrected and hit the guardrail. After hitting the guardrail, the driver lost control and drove into the Attapulgus Creek.

Luckily, Thomason had his windows down and was able to unbuckle his seat belt and swim to the hill, where he got out and called for help.

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Georgia State Patrol officer, Brian Palmer and Decatur County Fire and Rescue captain, Tony Nix arrived on scene and wrapped Thomason in their jackets to warm him up.

Thomason suffered non life-threatening injuries, but was transported to Memorial Hospital and Manor for observation and a check-up. In addition to officers, Rusty’s towing service was on scene along with GDOT. The Department of Transportation was surveying the bridge pillars to make sure none of them were damaged during the accident. They also were trying to determine how much gasoline and oil was spilled into the creek when the car went under.

DCFR certified diver, Colby Swicord was called to dive into the creek and find the car and help the towing service hook it. Upon further inspection, Swicord realized the creek was more than 40 feet deep. After hours of searching, Swicord was unable to locate the car, perplexing many as to how far it moved between the search and accident.