Man slowly recovers after fatal wreck; medical fund started

Man slowly recovers after fatal wreck; medical fund started
Senior Trooper Dan Avery
Senior Trooper Dan Avery

BAKER CO., GA (WALB) - One man is dead in a crash in Baker County. Officials said the two-truck crash happened Tuesday morning on Milford Road, and the survivor is still hospitalized.

They say that 48 year old Mike Tabb Junior, from Leary, was driving a GMC truck, and collided with 32 year old Matthew Burch, from Newton. The Georgia State Patrol says Tabb was not wearing seat belt, and was dead at the scene.

Visibility was pretty low on the road this morning and the GSP will take that into account while they investigate the crash.

Several emergency responders from Baker and Miller County responded to the crash on Milford Rd. this morning. The GSP is still looking into which vehicle crossed the center line of Milford Road in Baker County.

Senior Trooper Dan Avery says the vehicles collided head on. "After the impact both vehicles came to rest on the shoulder of Milford. We do have one confirmed fatality at this time."

Avery says he was on his way to one of the area peanut mills when the crash happened.

Avery says this morning thick fog could have played a part in the crash. "The fog was extremely thick in most of the area."

Charges are pending as the GSP's specialized reconstruction team is investigating. "They will be back this Thursday to map the scene, at which time once they get through with their investigation hopefully we will be able to determine at that time which vehicle had actually crossed the line."

In the meantime troopers say anytime visibility is bad, drivers should turn on their headlights. "Having your headlights on when the fog is as thick as it is, helps you and also other drivers see you as they are approaching each other."

Matthew Charlie Burch, the driver in the other pick up was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. and was listed in critical condition

First responders had to cut the roof off the truck to get Burch out.

A medical fund to help with Burch's expenses has been set up at People's South Bank. at 701 N Westover Blvd.,  Albany.

Phone:(229) 483-0155.

Copyright 2014 WALB. All rights reserved.