Driver uninjured in tractor-trailer accident

by Wes Mayer

The driver of a tractor-trailer that overturned on Interstate 85 in north Coweta County Saturday was not injured, and only needed emergency responders to help him climb down the top of his truck.

Around 6:27 a.m., Engine 7 with the Coweta County Fire Department responded to mile marker 54 on I-85 southbound in reference to a single-vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer. According to Assistant Fire Chief Alan Smith, firefighters arrived to find the tractor-trailer lying on its left side and the driver inside the vehicle. Firefighters determined there were no hazardous materials and the driver was not injured and did not need to be extricated.

According to Captain Brian Thompson, the driver was able to climb through the passenger window and climb out on top of the truck – he then needed assistance in getting down.

The crew was able to use an attic ladder to help the driver get down, and he was assessed by emergency medical units.

The crew found one of the tractor-trailer’s fuel tanks was sheared off as a result of the accident, but it did not leak any fuel. Firefighters were on scene for around one hour, and waited for a wrecker service to arrive to upright the truck.

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