Dramatic Columbia County crash turns bystanders into heroes

Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 11:40 AM EDT
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GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Bystanders rushed to the aid of a man whose car veered off the road and slammed into a power pole on Thursday, breaking part of it off and leaving electric lines dangling.

The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. at Chamblin Road and Sawmill Trail, according to Columbia County dispatchers. The location is just south of Interstate 20 and outside Grovetown.

The white car struck the pole with such force that the pole snapped, witness Lacrechia Reeves told News 12. The broken portion was being propped up by the heavily damaged front end of the car as dangerous power lines swooped low overhead.

Reeves said several people stopped their vehicles and ran over to help the man in the car, who first appeared unconscious but was moving around before rescue crews arrived. She said at least nine people were trying to help the man.

She said when rescuers arrived, they began to disperse the bystanders due to the danger from the power lines.

Although unrelated and not even on the highway, the crash happened in an area that has gained scrutiny in recent days after seeing a rash of car accidents.

Those crashes have occurred on Interstate 20, a couple of blocks north of the crash. On the 15-mile stretch from Exit 190 to Exit 175, there have been 337 accidents since September 2017, five of them fatal.

The crashes have even led to changes in how highway maintenance work is being done in the fast-growing area. For the first time in recent memory, it’s being done at night.

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