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Worth Co. deputy recovers after crash

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Repair crews spent much of Tuesday fixing a power pole that nearly snapped in half after a Worth County deputy crashed head-on into it. He was responding to an emergency call Monday night. He suffered a head injury but thankfully he was released from the hospital Tuesday.

If you drove along Highway 82 Tuesday in Sylvester you probably saw crews working hard to repair a power pole next to Sunbelt Ford.

Monday night, troopers say the power pole nearly snapped in half after 25-year old Justin Stewart crashed his Worth County cruiser head on into the pole after hitting another car. "He had a severe cut on his head, and on his eyes and one on his chin. EMTs thought he had severe head injuries,"said Worth County Sheriff Freddie Tompkins.

Troopers say Stewart was on his way to a domestic dispute call, traveling West on Highway 82. In the opposite direction, 23 year old Gary Parker was approaching. But when Parker went to make a turn onto Carter Road, the two cars collided. Stewart's cruiser crashed head on into the pole.

Over the years, Sheriff Freddy Tompkins says he has seen his fair share of traffic accidents involving his deputies. "This kind of work if you ride in a vehicle you have to always be careful," said Tompkins.

But Tompkins says most of the accidents involve deer, and says its rare when a deputy collides with another car.

Tompkins says this morning Stuart was released from the hospital and is now home recovering from his injuries. Troopers say Parker only suffered minor injuries.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash and troopers have not filed any charges yet.

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