Traffic was shut down both ways on Jeff Davis Road Wednesday afternoon to allow an Air Life emergency transport helicopter to land on the road and pick up a victim of a one-car accident. The driver, whose name has not been released by Georgia State Patrol, was airlifted to the Medical Center of Central Georgia with serious injuries.
According to reports and evidence, a white male driving an older model red Ford Ranger was traveling east on Jeff Davis Road near Tom Salter Road when his right side tires went off the side of the road into the grass leading into a ditch. The driver overcorrected, with the vehicle veering back to the left slightly into the oncoming lane before veering back to the right, going off the road into the ditch, overturning in the front yard of a home and ejecting the driver. Shortly after, the truck caught on fire, and Northside Fire Department volunteers extinguished the blaze when they arrived on scene.
The driver was treated on scene by firefighters and Mid-Georgia Ambulance EMT’s, and the Air Life helicopter was called in to pick the driver up. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident.
A two-car accident Tuesday around noon sent three people to Upson Regional Medical Center by ambulance, but none of the injuries were considered life-threatening. The accident happened at the intersection of Gordon Street and South Center Street.
According to a report from the Thomaston Police Department, Brandon Swinford of Thomaston was driving a white Chevrolet Blazer north on South Center Street and allegedly ran the red light, striking a gold Nissan Altima driven by Shenna Harris of Thomaston in the right front side. The Blazer ricocheted off the Altima and head-on into the steel signal post at the corner of the Rescue Me Market.
Swinford was not injured in the accident, but Harris and two female passengers in her vehicle complained of chest pains and were transported by Mid-Georgia Ambulances to URMC.
This is the second accident in Thomaston this month where steel barriers protected businesses from possible heavy damage. Two weeks ago, a two-vehicle accident on N. Center Street at Walker sent an SUV careening into the service area at Mr. B’s Convenience Store. A steel safety barrier in front of the gas pumps stopped the vehicle from hitting one of the supports holding the canopy over the area, or one of the gas pumps. In Tuesday’s accident, while the steel signal pole wasn’t put there to be a barrier, it kept the Blazer from running into the brick corner post of Rescue Me.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.