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Motorist saves trucker after Semi Crash

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

Camilla, GA (WALB) -  Four people are recovering from injuries after a fiery four-vehicle crash in Camilla.

Two semi-trucks collided and burst into flames, causing two other passenger vehicles to crash into them, adding to the pile up.

Then a passerby pulled over, got out and rescued two men from one of the flaming tractor trailers.

It's hard to believe the victims of this fiery crash survived. "I look at the people as being very fortunate," said Chief Bobby Beck  of the Camilla Fire Department.

Camilla Police say truck driver Norman Larve of Tennessee was delivering chicken in what USED to be a tractor trailer to the Equity Group Processing Plant on Highway 19.

"I don't know if fog played a part and he didn't see the semi headed north," said Vernon Nobles of the Camilla Police Department.

When he pulled out in front of a trailer bed carrying sod, the two collided and flames lit up the dark sky.

"Usually with something like this their comes a fatality," Beck said.

But this time no one died thanks to a man named Cory Jarvis of Moultrie.

Police say Jarvis, who works at the Equity Group, immediately got out of his car, ran toward the fire, and rescued William 'Ralph' Murphy Senior and William 'Cody' Murphy, Junior from the blazing cab.

The hero was burned and sent to the hospital along with the Murphys. The woman driving this green car, Lou Scott of Camilla, was also injured and taken to a hospital.

This man was one of hundreds of drivers grid locked for hours because of the mangled vehicles spread out across the northbound lanes.

"These trucks come in here like this all the time, pull out in front of people all the time," said a bystander.

Traffic was just part of the problem post-wreck. Once the victims were rushed to the hospital the focus was on a speedy clean up, but that was nearly impossible.

When the crash occurred around 5:00AM fog was dense and may have been the culprit.

"We're in a low lying area where the fog usually prevails quite often," Beck said.

But poor weather conditions weren't enough to create a deadly situation. All because of one selfless man who put other's lives, first.

Police say charges are pending against the Tennessee driver, Norman Larve.

William 'Ralph' Murphy Senior of Camilla underwent surgery Tuesday morning at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital.

Terry Willis was driving the fourth passenger vehicle involved in the crash, but wasn't injured.


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