A former Waycross Fire Department firefighter was seriously injured early today when his pickup truck was hit by a car as he drove onto the South Georgia Parkway from Georgia 177 (Laura Walker Park Road), said a spokesman for the Ware County Sheriff’s Department.
James Seaborn Braddy, 43, was taken at about 5:40 a.m. by helicopter to Memorial Medical Center in Savannah with multiple injuries, after being thrown out of his truck, said Capt. Carl James.
Ricky E. Anderson, 45, of Waycross, was taken by a Ware County Emergency Medical Service ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of unspecified injuries, said James.
Braddy, driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, was northbound on Laura Walker Park Road. James said he failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with the South Georgia Parkway and entered the path of an eastbound Honda Accord driven by Anderson.
James said the Anderson car hit the driver’s side of the pickup truck and both skidded across all four lanes of traffic, eastbound and westbound, and a grass median on the South Georgia Parkway.
Braddy was ejected from the truck through the driver side door, James said.
Both vehicles had extensive damage, James said.
Traffic on both sides of the South Georgia Parkway was backed up for miles while the helicopter was flown in to pick up the injured Braddy.
The scene was turned over to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Dustin Stone. Ware County Deputy Daniel Guest was on the scene to assist.