Moultrie Observer

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January 6, 2012

Wreck closes Hwy. 133 for hours

BROOKS COUNTY — Six motorists were lucky to escape serious injury in a double accident Friday morning at a fog- and smoke-shrouded intersection in Brooks County.

Five Colquitt County residents were treated for minor injuries after a log truck was struck by a van, and shortly thereafter a car slammed into the log rig and became wedged underneath, said Shane Copeland, a trooper first class with the Georgia State Patrol. The collisions and lengthy cleanup of the log truck and other vehicles along with diesel fuel had traffic backed up for miles along a state highway.

The initial accident was reported at about 7:32 a.m. at the intersection of Georgia Highways 122 and 133.

Tony Fowler, 60, of Lake Park, the driver of a 2000 Mack semi log truck, and a witness reported that Fowler came to a stop at the intersection while traveling west on Highway 122, Copeland said. They said that due to the low visibility, Fowler turned off the truck and rolled down his window to listen for oncoming traffic.

Hearing nothing, Fowler pulled into the intersection of Highway 133 and was hit near the passenger-side door by a Dodge Caravan driven by 51-year-old Teddy Hanson of Moultrie, who was driving south on Highway 133, Copeland said.

A legal burn at a nearby farm of 18 acres, combined with the fog, produced a mix that reduced visibility dramatically, the trooper said.

Following the initial collision, the truck and van came to a stop in the middle of the roadway at the intersection.

At that time, Victor Sanchez-Peres, 32, the driver of a Ford Focus, slammed underneath the log trailer, Copeland said. The two back-seat passengers managed to crawl out the back window, but Sanchez-Peres and the passenger in the front seat were trapped until they were removed with emergency equipment.

Emergency workers pumped the fuel from the truck’s tanks because one of them was leaking and there was concern of a fire with the men trapped in the car, Copeland said. The roadway was not reopened until the vehicles and diesel, which had puddled in the road, were removed hours later.

Hanson complained of pain and was examined for possible injuries at South Georgia Medical Center, where Sanchez-Peres was treated for minor injuries, Copeland said. The three passengers in the Focus, none of whom had identification on them, were treated for minor injuries at Archbold Memorial Hospital.

Fowler, whose truck is owned by Vicki S. Morris Trucking, was uninjured. He was cited for failure to yield after stopping at a stop sign.

Sanchez-Peres was cited for driving without a license and driving too fast for conditions.

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