A Waycross man was injured this morning when the moped he was riding was struck from behind by a pickup truck, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
It was one of three traffic accidents with injuries in the last 24 hours.
Steven Lowe, 30, of Waycross, the moped operator, was taken by Ware County Emergency Medical Service ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of neck, back and leg injuries, said Royal. Lowe was thrown onto the pavement by the impact of the crash on State Street just south of the Wacona Drive intersection, the sheriff said.
Driving a 2006 GMC Sierra, Larry Bechiom, 24, of Waycross, was northbound on State Street behind the 2013 Jonway moped. Royal said Bechiom told lawmen he simply did not see the vehicle in front of him prior to the collision.
Royal said the two-wheel vehicle had lights on the front and back and both were operational.
“It was still dark outside, about 6:45 when the crash occurred,” said Royal. “Mr. Lowe was ejected several feet by the impact. He had pains in his neck and his back and had cuts on his leg.”
Royal said his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
Bechiom was not injured, Royal said, but was “visibly upset” about the accident.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper Greg Stone is in charge of the accident investigation. He was assisted with traffic by Ware County Deputy Sgt. Bobby Aldridge.
Meanwhile, the driver of a loaded log truck was injured Wednesday when the rig he was operating overturned on Trudie Road near Blackshear, said the Georgia State Patrol.
Daniel Whelock, 57, of Midway, was transported by Pierce County Emergency Medical Service ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of possible head injuries, said Amanda Dixon, GSP Waycross post secretary.
Driving a loaded log truck, Whelock was northbound on Trudie Road maneuvering a right-hand curve when the rig began to leave tire marks near the center line, said Dixon. The rig continue leaving marks for 130 feet as the trailer then began to overturn on its left side. Dixon said the trailer continued for 159 feet while overturning, spilling the load into a ditch.
The tractor and trailer came to rest on the shoulder of the roadway with the rig partially in a lane of travel on Trudie Road, said Dixon.
The wreck occurred about two miles from the Brantley County line.
Pierce County Sheriff Ramsey Bennett said Trudie Road is experiencing heavy traffic, especially big trucks, because Georgia Highway 32 is closed for a bridge replacement.
“That’s the detour they are taking and we are having a lot of heavy traffic in there,” said Bennett.
Trooper Chris Williams investigated the 10:53 a.m. accident.
In another single vehicle wreck Wednesday, a dump truck hauling a load of sand veered off the pavement on Jamestown Road causing the rig to overturn injuring the driver, said Sheriff Royal.
Donnie Wasden, 49, of Alma, was taken by Ware County Emergency Medical Service to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of shoulder injuries, said Royal.
Driving a 1995 International dump truck, Wasden was southbound on Jamestown Road about a half mile from the intersection with Johnny Minchew Road when he rounded a left-hand curve and the rig veered onto the grassy shoulder.
Royal said the vehicle began to slide for several hundred feet causing a right side tire to deflate and the rig to overturn. The dump truck came to final rest on the north side of Jamestown Road.
Trooper Myles Cooper investigated the 12:57 p.m. accident, assisted by Deputy Clay Carter.