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Tractor trailer overturns in Sylvester creek

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) –A terrifying crash for a truck driver and Worth County woman Tuesday morning on Highway 82 just inside the city limits of Sylvester.

The truck driver ended up stuck in his cab after it overturned in a creek. Quick-acting emergency workers rushed to save him.

It was an accident that required a lot of work, but a rescue, that required a lot of heart.

"You got people trapped in semis in water and you don't think about what's going to happen to you, just get in there and you do your job and you save a life," said Patrol Officer Andi Douglas.

Officers say Worth County resident Cassandra Jackson was traveling west on Highway 82, when she hydroplaned and lost control.

"She called me and told me she was in an accident, her car hydroplaned and she lost control of the car and an 18 wheeler hit her," said Kimberly Jackson, the victims sister.

"The passenger vehicle diverted into the east bound lane and was struck by the tractor trailer," said Sgt. George Hall.

Officer Andi Douglas and an off duty Poulan police officer were a few of the first on the scene,

"I made contact with her, she said she was fine she was shook up EMS was coming up behind me at that point," said Douglas.

Douglas then made her way to the overturned tractor trailer.

"A fireman ran up to me saying he was under water at that point we both ran..jumped in the water and tried to make contact with the victim," said Douglas.

The victim was Alabama resident William Wise, and he was trapped inside his truck. "I was totally submerged in water, and oil and diesel fuel and mud trying to get to him," said Douglas.

Debris was piled on top of him. "Shoes, boards, refrigerator from the semi, all of that was on top of him the cab," said Douglas.

But thanks to plenty of help, "Thanks to the Worth county fire department and Poulan and our guys out here he will live to see another day," said Douglas.

And ironically all of the debris, officers say it could have been what saved his life. "That seat I think was his protective cover and that's probably why he is with us today," said Douglas.

Especially because officers say they do not think he was wearing his seatbelt.

Officers say both victims are lucky to have survived. Wise was treated and released. Jackson suffered cuts and a broken foot.

Officers say charges are pending against Jackson.

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