A refrigerated tractor trailer hauling $5 million worth insulin product was hit by a car Sunday night as a driver entered the South Georgia Parkway from University Boulevard, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
The 2004 Buick Sentry driven by Julia Walker, 86, of Holiday Street, struck the rear axle area of the trailer and caused a a fuel supply tank on the belly of the trailer that provided gas for the refrigeration to rupture, said Royal.
Walker was taken by Ware County Emergency Medical Service ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of ankle and knee injuries, said Royal.
Deputies responding to the accident quickly assisted the driver of the rig, Lamar Ulysses Gelsey Jr., 42, of Green Cove Springs, Fla., to repair the tank to prevent all the fuel from spilling and keep the product refrigerated, preventing it from losing its potency or becoming contaminated, Royal said.
Gelsey, driving a 2009 Kenworth loaded with what was tagged “precious cargo,” was westbound on the South Georgia Parkway, approaching University Boulevard. Gelsey told lawmen he saw a car approaching the roadway from University and moved over to the other lane. As he passed University Boulevard, he felt an impact and realized the car had struck the rear of the trailer, Royal said.
Walker told lawmen she was leaving church when she looked both ways and thought surely that she had time to turn left to go east on the South Georgia Parkway.
Deputy Anthony Phillips and Sgt. John Walthour were in charge of the 7:39 p.m. accident investigation.