A tractor-trailer truck traveling west on Shattuck Industrial Boulevard (Ga. 337) hit a white Scion Xb in the intersection prior to 9 a.m. The driver of the Scion ran a stop sign at Foster Mill Drive.
The truck clipped the front bumper of the Scion, sending it 125 feet into a ditch.
“She (Scion driver) did state that she ran the stop sign,” LaFayette public safety direct Benji Clift said. “She is not familiar with the area.”
The truck continued about 150 feet until its trailer hit a concrete transmission pole.
The damaged pole knocked out power to a substation and a significant area of southern Walker County, including the south end of LaFayette.
State-level officials with MEAG Power are on scene cutting power for responders to work the scene and will later re-establish power and replace the pole.
Clift estimates the road and power problem will take several hours and could last throughout the day.
“We have one (power line) to the city that is down and hopefully we will have that re-routed relatively quickly,” Clift said.
Both drivers sustained injuries and were transported from the scene.
The female driver possibly had a broken wrist and a laceration to the knee.
The woman is fortunate the vehicle wasn’t any further into the intersection, as the result would have most likely been instantly fatal, according to Clift.
He does not believe that speed was a factor in the severity of the accident.
The truck driver complained of chest, stomach and lower back pains, which Clift believes was as a result of hitting the power pole.
Workers at the Phillips plant and Walker County sheriff’s deputy Kevin Denny, who was off duty working at the LaFayette airport, moved the truck driver due to concern of electrocution and potential explosion if the fuel tanks were leaking, which were not according to Clift.