Truck crashes into driver

Teen se­ri­ously in­jured

The Covington News - - Local News - By Michelle Kim

A trac­tor trailer ploughed into a pas­sen­ger car af­ter the car’s teen driver at­tempted a sud­den U-turn on Ac­cess Road and Old Ox­ford Road, ac­cord­ing to the Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol and a New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­port.

The driver, iden­ti­fied as Ter­ence Chris­tian II, 18, of Decatur, sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries and was trans­ported to Grady Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal, the only level-one trauma cen­ter in the area.

Chris­tian had been driv­ing in a sil­ver 2000 Lin­coln LS in front of the trac­tor trailer, op­er­ated by Larry Martin, 60, of Suwa­nee, on Ac­cess Road in Cov­ing­ton on Feb. 22. Both had been head­ing west.

Ac­cord­ing to the NCSO re­port, around 8 p.m., wit­nesses saw Chris­tian at­tempt to turn onto Old Ox­ford Road and then make an im­me­di­ate U-turn back. The ve­hi­cle was “T-boned” by the trac­tor trailer be­hind it as it at­tempted the turn.

The teen driver was de­scribed as be­ing clearly “se­ri­ously in­jured,” by the NCSO re­port.

When Res­cue units ar­rived on the scene, they found Chris­tian pinned by the driver’s side door and had to free him with the Jaws of Life, a hy­draulic ex­tri­ca­tion tool, said New­ton County Fire Chief Mike Sat­ter­field.

Chris­tian was trans­ported to Grady Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal and was dis­charged some­time be­fore Feb. 28, ac­cord­ing to a hospi­tal spokesper­son.

No al­co­hol or sub­stances were be­lieved to be in­volved in the in­ci­dent.

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