A Hortense woman was injured Wednesday night when the logs on a log truck negotiating a wide right turn into the Griffin Mini-Mall convenience store parking lot crashed through the passenger side windows of her car and pinned her into the driver’s seat, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
Cassandra Carter, 62, of Coffee County Club Road, Hortense, was taken by Ware County Emergency Medical Service ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of injuries she suffered in the 8:14 p.m. crash, said Royal, who added that her injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
Driving a 2007 Chrysler Sebring, Carter was eastbound in the inside lane of the South Georgia Parkway approaching Blount Road to the left and Griffin’s Mini-Mall on the right, while the 2007 Mack loaded with long logs, being driven by Davis Clark, 62, of Creswell Street, Waycross, was in the outside lane.
Royal said Clark began to make a wide right turn to enter the parking lot at Griffin’s and that the logs on the trailer encroached on Carter’s lane of travel, shattering her car’s passenger windows and puncturing the interior of the car.
“Thankfully, there was nobody in the passenger seat of her car or it could have been really bad,” said Royal.
She told investigating officers that when she realized what was happening there was nothing she could do to get out of the way. A witness to the accident gave lawmen verification of the version of details that the woman had related, Royal said.
The investigation is still ongoing by Deputy Zabrae Williams and Ware County detectives, Royal said.