Three wreckers called in to lift loaded semi-trailer truck after accident




14230865875641Three large tow trucks were called in after a semi-trailer truck with a full load of farm products turned over off U.S. 27 near Bainbridge on Wednesday afternoon.

The accident happened shortly after 3 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 27 North and Brinson-Airbase Road, a couple of miles north of the Decatur County Airport.

According to Decatur County Fire and Rescue, the driver of the semi-trailer truck was carrying a load of seed potatoes bound for Vanco Farms, a Canadian company which grows potatoes locally.

The semi’s driver was attempting to turn left off U.S. 27 onto Brinson-Airbase Road and apparently took the turn too wide, Fire and Rescue Chief Charlie McCann said.

14230865875662Firefighters removed the windshield to free the driver and her 8-year-old son, who had been riding in the truck’s sleeper compartment. Both were taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Fire and Rescue, Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies and a Georgia State Patrol trooper were standing by until tow trucks from Royce’s in Cairo, Ga., could turn the truck back upright. Because it was carrying a full load, the semi truck was too heavy to be pulled up by the winches attached to the two trucks, so a third tow truck was being called in at about 4:30 p.m.

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