September 6, 2006
Calhoun County -- A fiery crash near the Dougherty/Calhoun County line Wednesday afternoon. A man who led police on a low speed chase slammed into two trucks, and then his own truck burst into flames.
When emergency workers arrived, they thought 60-year-old Richard Bell was dead because his truck was in flames. But he had been thrown clear of the wreckage and managed to crawl out onto the road.
Dougherty County police tried to pull him over on Highway 264, that's Gillionville Road, for weaving, but he kept going on into Calhoun County.
He eventually hit a tractor trailer rig and another pickup truck. The driver of the other pickup, 34-year-old George Torbert of Cuthbert, had to be extricated from his truck. He has a broken leg.
The tractor trailer driver was not injured. As for Bell, he has serious head injuries and is hospitalized.
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