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Government bans trucks from problem intersection


By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –  Three dump trucks have crashed in the last month at the same intersection in Lowndes County.

The latest crash Thursday afternoon led a business to close one of its pits where trucks load clay as they try to figure out the problem.

In the last month, three dump trucks carrying clay to a landfill, overturned at the intersection of Shiloh and Snake Nation Road. Scruggs Company owns that pit and after the third crash Thursday afternoon, they closed the site.

"We're looking and working with Lowndes County to look at the haul and situation and DOT is inspecting everything until we have a good bill of health," said Scruggs Company Industrial Division Manager Billy Joe Lovett.

The dump trucks are independently contracted. "When they leave and get on the highways they're responsible," said Lovett.

As they try to find a solution to stopping these truck crashes, the site is closed.

"County staff, the county engineer met with the owner of the pit and stopped all of the operation until an investigation is complete and we can determine that vehicle coming from the pit meet all the required standards and are in compliance," said Lowndes County Manager Joe Pritchard.

About two hundred truckloads are delivered to the landfill each day. "It hurts a lot to the customers truck drivers. I mean everybody involved. But safety comes first," Lovett said.

An estimated 5,000 motorists travel down Shiloh Road on any given day. Fortunately, in those three accidents there were no serious injuries and no other vehicles involved.

A Hahira woman ran through the stop sign at the intersection Thursday and flipped the dump truck on its side on Shiloh Road. Wednesday morning a Florida man had an almost identical crash.

And June 9th, a Tifton man and his passenger ran through the stop sign and flipped into a ditch.

Troopers say the drivers simply aren't able to stop in time because they underestimate the grade of the hill at the intersection and the weight of their dump truck loads.

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