Truck crashes into driver
Teen seriously injured
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.