Fatal Accident at Olive Road Overpass

By: Kate Tillotson
By: Kate Tillotson

February 2, 2006
24-year-old Isaiah Lewis was killed this morning after a beam fell on top of his car. That beam was knocked loose after a u-haul truck collided with it.

It's happened before and believe it or not drivers continue ignoring this sign warning them to keep out if their trucks are taller than 10 feet and five inches.

It may be the first fatal accident at the Olive Road overpass. But drivers have seen this kind of thing before.

"There are signs all over the place. There, here, everywhere. But people are still
Running into the train track," said Harry Marshall.

And it's happened several times. This semi stalled in 2004. Just a few days later, a U-Haul truck did the same thing.

"Really, we're kinda at a standstill. I don't know what we can do," Commissioner Marion Williams said.

Commissioner Marion Williams admits he's frustrated. With warning signs at each entrance he doesn't know what more the county can do.

"If you raise the bridge up then it's gonna effect the railroad. You can't go down because of the creek there," Williams said.

"Everything that we've tried hasn't worked," said Dennis Ellis, technician.

Technician Dennis Ellis says his hands are tied and that drivers haven't always reacted to warning devices in the past.

"It made no difference whatsoever. They continued to drive on through and run into the overpass," Ellis said.

In the meantime, he's brainstorming other ideas, like installing a dropgate. His favorite idea however, is closing the road entirely.

"They would learn not to go that way to begin with and then stay on Wrightsboro Road or stay on Milledgeville road or whatever,” Ellis said.

A move that would detour drivers temporarily, but permanently, perhaps save lives.

"This is another area though, a part of my district, that attention need to be looked at
Along with other things that people have to deal with," Commissioner Williams said.

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