2018-05-16 / Front Page

Another wreck at SR91 and city street that joins with US Highway 27

Semi-truck overturns with a load of logs. Semi-truck overturns with a load of logs. Friday, May 11, was yet another day for wrecks. This could have been a really bad one.

The driver, Sandra Lee Rhodes, 44, of Moultrie, GA, driving a 2005 International 8000 Series 86 semi-truck hauling a full-load of large logs, was traveling southbound on SR91 and Main Street, crossing the railroad track. When the driver was turning left onto 4th Street, a two-lane connector road to U.S. Highway 27 five-lane roadway, the straps broke or came loose and the logs shifted and the truck, trailer and logs overturned in the right lane. The logs kept going and four went into the cab, just missing the driver’s head. The rest of the logs covered the roadway, ditch and spilled into the parking lot of Sharber Oil Co.

The driver was taken to the Miller County Hospital ER by Miller County ambulance to be treated for injuries.

According to the crash report, the tractor-trailer was traveling southbound on GA91. The driver attempted to make a left hand turn on 4th Street. The driver made the turn too fast for conditions and the load shifted. The truck and logs traveled 105 feet before the truck and trailer turned over on its right side. The final resting place of the truck and its load was in the east side of 4th Street.

First responders removed driver from cab of semi-truck. First responders removed driver from cab of semi-truck. The incident was investigated by the Georgia State Patrol station #14 in Colquitt by GSP J. Kirkus #0618.

When an accident is called in to Miller/Baker 911, the law enforcement will head toward one of the intersections that joins SR 91 with U.S. Highway 27 in Colquitt where five traffic lights are needed. We only have one. The criteria for getting a traffic light are deaths. Wouldn’t it be better to get the lights prior to having to report deaths?

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