Staff Reports



MOULTRIE - Low-lying fog and smoke made for a dangerous mixture Wednesday morning, as three separate accidents -- two involving the same ambulance -- happened because of poor visibility.

Only one person was injured. Jennifer Harrell, 21, was treated and released from Colquitt Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Georgia State Patrol Sgt. L.C. Taylor said Lee William Kiesig, 50, was traveling southbound on Tallokas Road about 7:45 a.m. He had to swerve into the ditch to avoid striking a car in front of him traveling very slowly because of the fog and smoke. Kiesig's 1991 Mercury Sable station wagon overturned onto its passenger side, state patrol reports said.

Taylor said an ambulance was dispatched to the scene because the hospital had reports that Kiesig was injured. The ambulance driver, Wayland Gay, 55, had also slowed down when he approached the thick smog and was struck from behind by Nancy Tucker, 32, driving a 2000 model Honda Accord, Taylor said.

The ambulance and Honda were disabled in the road when a third vehicle, a 1995 Dodge Neon, driven by Harrell, slammed into both vehicles, he said.

Kerry Faunce, director of marketing and foundations at CRMC, said the ambulance involved in the accident is being examined by insurance adjusters, but that a back-up ambulance would fill its place.

Taylor said said no citations have been issued.



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