Vehicle crashes into semi trailer in Valdosta

Vehicle crashes into semi trailer in Valdosta

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - 61 year-old Charles Russell, from Brooks County, was identified Friday afternoon as the victim in the early morning fatal car crash at Maxx Valdosta.

Around 7:30 Friday morning, emergency personnel worked to extricate 61 year-old Charles Russell from his pickup truck lodged underneath a semi trailer in the parking lot of Maxx Valdosta.

"We can only speculate at this time there may have been some kind of medical condition prior to the accident, but we're not a hundred percent sure," explained Valdosta Police department Sergeant Jeremiah Jones.

Russell was headed South on Madison Highway when he went off the road just before James P. Rogers Drive.

There were still green spray painted markings on the ground and tire tracks in the creek outside the parking lot at Maxx Valdosta Friday afternoon, indicating where the truck came down the embankment Friday morning. Police said it went up the other side and through the fence into the parking lot.

Jones said Russell was likely heading to work at Valdosta Regional Airport. "I believe his son told us he works on helicopters there at the airport and that's where his son believes he was headed to," said Jones.

WALB reached out to Russell's employer at the airport Friday, but he declined to be interviewed.

Friday afternoon, police were in the process of trying to recover as much data from the truck's computer as possible."We're gonna try to see if we can pull the box that's in the vehicle," Jones stated. "See if we can find out what his speed was, if there was any other indications that might have caused the accident."

The fence around the parking lot was heavily damaged, but the semi trailer was not. It was still unclear late Friday afternoon what caused Russell to leave the road.

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