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Big load snags overhead wires

A tractor-trailer carrying an oversized load through Fayetteville along Ga. Highway 54 West on July 25 knocked utility lines off a pole and continued west until it was pulled over by Fayette County deputies. There were no injuries from the utility lines that struck one vehicle.

Fayetteville Det. Mike Whitlow said the semi was carrying what was believed to be a large generator encased in a container. Whitlow said the truck began its westward journey from Hwy. 54 East, traveling through the downtown area.

The truck made contact with a utility pole and utility lines owned by AT&T and Coweta-Fayette EMC on Hwy. 54 just west of Grady Avenue, Whitlow said.

The impact knocked the lines off the pole where they fell across a vehicle traveling behind the semi, said Whitlow. No injuries were reported in the incident, Whitlow added.

Noting that the driver said he was unaware of what happened, Whitlow said the semi continued west until it was pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy near Piedmont Fayette Hospital. The truck became stuck in a ditch as the driver pulled it off the roadway, Whitlow added.

Utility crews arrived at the scene and made the needed repairs, said Whitlow.



of what happened. Was he unaware of what day it is? Was he unaware he hit a utility pole? Was he unaware of the ditch? Was he unaware of the rear view mirror someone attached to the cab?

Was he unaware this is planet earth? Give us a break.

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Bad day for the driver apparently. He will likely lose his job on this one. Looking at the picture, it appears as though the top section caught the line and given the load the pull of the wire wasn't enough to raise the driver's awareness.

As to pulling into a ditch, my guess is this was caused by the urgent requests by the officers to pull over.

All speculation mind you, but do you think the trailer height was "over sized"? If so, the real fault is the trucking company that didn't scout the route prior to hauling.

His brother in law's wife's parents' son own the company and he's a Teamster.

After the 9 officers jumped down after ripping the top off to check for crated up illegals or possibly explosives, the other drivers in the area all got out and yelled at the officers for damaging the top while only doing their job to protect the safety of the public.

He pulled onto the side of the road as a law abiding driver and will sue the hospital for allowing their sprinklers to wet the ground.

The trucking company (see above) was saving money by not taking the longer truckers route aka as I-75 to I-85 to SR 74. The fact that those savings will go directly to the purchaser of this now slightly dinged up piece of equipment and not back into the pockets of the trucking company is a testament to the quality and sterling reputation this trucking company has.

Also, the much quicker and shorter distanced SR 54 has bennies heretofore unmentioned for the driver, such as the scenic countryside from glorious Clayton County, the up close views of the vegetation alongside this route, the shout out and wave to Jordans Salvage, the absence of traffic of any kind and finally the much better cell tower reception available to chat with your galpal down in Jacksonville.

Just speculation, mind you, but as Paul Harvey so eloquently put it:

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saying he got a promotion??

Funny stuff, thanks

His chances for that promotion are a tad bit better than those of this guy below. We are a bridge-free county, aren't we? Well, other than the one under 74 in Tyrone, I think.

agree with moelarrycurly. stupid is the word.


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