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Truck crash causes problems on eastbound Bobby Jones Expressway

Published: Oct. 26, 2020 at 7:24 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The injuries were minor but the traffic problems were major after a truck overturned on Bobby Jones Expressway.

The wreck was reported just before 7:15 a.m. Monday involving an eastbound 18-wheeler under the Gordon Highway overpass.

Crews mounted a heavy-rescue response, which is often used in case of major injuries.

It turned out not to be needed.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said the driver suffered only minor injuries.

However, eastbound Bobby Jones — also known as Interstate 520 at that location — was reduced to one lane just in time for many people’s morning commute, according to the sheriff’s agency.

Then the cleanup suffered a setback that eventually shut down all of eastbound Bobby Jones at the location.

After crews had gotten the trailer upright, the side of the trailer could be seen ripped open around 9:30 a.m., leaving the cargo — large rolls, possibly of paper — on the highway.

All lanes of eastbound Bobby Jones had reopened by noon, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Cargo spilled out onto eastbound Bobby Jones Expressway when the truck was uprighted after a...
Cargo spilled out onto eastbound Bobby Jones Expressway when the truck was uprighted after a crash at Gordon Highway.(WRDW)

The accident comes just three days after another major crash shut down part of I-520 for much of the morning.

It all started in the predawn hours Friday when a vehicle struck a deer on eastbound I-520, then the driver got out and was struck by another car between Doug Barnard Parkway and the Laney Walker Boulevard/Sand Bar Ferry exit. Then two other cars got involved in the crash.

Two people suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

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