The driver of a loaded log truck was injured in a one-vehicle traffic crash Thursday after his rig overturned and spilled the load of logs all over the Valdosta Highway just west of Ruskin School, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
Troy John Ratliff, 71, of Waycross, was transported by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of minor abrasions, said Royal.
The highway was closed from 3:22 p.m. until well after 6 p.m. Thursday, Royal said.
Eastbound traffic was re-routed at Manor down the Manor-Millwood Highway to Georgia Highway 122 and to the South Georgia Parkway (the detour was reversed from Waycross to Manor for those headed west), said the sheriff.
Driving a 1989 Mack tractor trailer pulling a log of long pine logs, Ratliff was eastbound on the Valdosta Highway west of Ruskin School when the rig began to swerve from side to side, said Royal.
The tractor left the pavement, causing the rig to overturn, flipping the trailer onto its side and casting the logs onto the roadway crossways, blocking both lanes of travel, he said.
After the road was cleared, Royal said, Georgia Department of Transportation personnel determined there was no significant damage to the pavement.
Ware County Fire Department and and rescue personnel were dispatched to the scene of the crash, said Fire Capt. Brian Varnadore.
No extrication was necessary as the driver was not trapped, said Varnadore, but firefighters stood by with the Ware County Sheriff’s Department officers and Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jeffrey Robinson until the logs were cleaned up and the road re-opened.
Firefighters returned to their stations at 6:17 p.m., said Varnadore.
Ware Deputy Sgt. Michael Merritt assisted the trooper.