Around our Area: Jury awards Mitchell County family $4.75 million after 2011 wreck involving semi trucks

A Mitchell County jury has awarded a Camilla couple $4.75 million for pain and suffering after a wreck involving two semi trucks in February 2011.

Ralph Murphy was awarded $4 million dollars, while Debbie Murphy was awarded $750,000 dollars.

Two semi-trucks collided and burst into flames in that wreck, causing two other passenger vehicles to crash into them.

An Emery Farms truck driver Norman Larue of Tennessee was delivering chicken to the Equity Group Processing Plant on Highway 19, when he pulled out in front of a semi carrying sod, and the two collided.

Larue was ordered to pay the damages.

Cory Jarvis of Moultrie, who worked at the Equity Group, rescued William ‘Ralph’ Murphy Senior and William ‘Cody’ Murphy, Junior from the blazing vehicle.

Jarvis was burned and sent to the hospital, along with the Murphys. Lou Scott of Camilla was also injured and taken to a hospital.

When the crash occurred around 5:00AM, fog was dense, and may have been a factor.

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