A Mitchell County worker has died from injuries suffered in a crash on the job last week. The State Patrol continues to investigate to determine if there was a problem with the truck which the county converted into a fuel truck just a few weeks ago.
Lonnie Holmes had only been with Mitchell County Public works for a short time before he died. But co-workers say he left a lasting impression.
"It was very emotional, he was a close friend," said Vance Willis.
Holmes died Tuesday in a Macon Hospital. He was hurt in a wreck on Martin Luther King when the county fuel truck he was driving crashed into a ditch after a tire blew out.
"Lonnie sustained some very, very serious injuries in the wreck that occurred last Thursday afternoon. Just a tragedy," said Clark Harrell, Mitchell County Administrator.
Lonnie worked with the road department for almost two years as an equipment operator and truck driver. County officials and his co-workers at Public Works say Holmes is irreplaceable and always had a smile on his face.
"Everybody here loved him. He brightened their day every morning. Come in smile good morning, every afternoon it was have a good day. He was one of the few employees that make it worthwhile coming to work," said Vance Willis, Mitchell Co. Public Works.
No one is sure why the tire on the truck blew out. County officials say the truck was safe to drive and they're waiting on answers from the Georgia State Patrol.
"I'm very hopeful and certainly want to read the report in find out their conclusions. We would certainly do everything we can do to make things as safe as possible for all employees, said Clark Harrell.
Harrell says they will review all the safety protocol on the trucks and make changes if needed.
In honor of Holmes, the county administrator asked all county buildings to fly their flags at half staff until Friday.
The State Patrol's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team continues to investigate to determine if there was a problem with the truck
which the county converted into a fuel truck just a few weeks ago. It was previously a spreader truck from the Department of Transportation. The county purchased the truck a few years ago and they say the truck was safe. New tires had been placed on the truck before going on the road.
GSP say the investigation could take three to four months to complete.