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Pickup smashes into Riverfront Park sign

Photo by Pete Skiba

Photo by Pete Skiba

ALBANY, Ga. -- A driver lost control of his 1973 Ford Ranger at about 5:10 p.m. Tuesday, and it smashed into the decorative Riverfront Park sign in the roundabout at the intersection of Pine Avenue and Front Street.

Alvin Cannon, 43, was reported in good condition at 6:30 p.m. by a Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital spokeswoman. No other injuries were reported in connection with the crash.

The case is under investigation, and Cannon may have suffered a blackout from a medical condition that caused him to lose control of the pickup, said Albany Police Department officers at the scene.

Anthony Hill, who had been in the park when he heard the crash, said he thought that Cannon had blacked out.

"I heard this loud bang. I came to the street, and I saw the truck crashed and smoking," Hill said. "I didn't know if the truck would catch on fire or what. He (Cannon) was slumped over like he was asleep. I ran up and helped the man out of the truck. I sat him down on the curb. He told me he blacked out."

The curb where Hill sat Cannon had blood drops on it.

"He was bleeding from his face and his leg," Hill said. "We waited for the ambulance."

Dougherty County EMS took Cannon to the hospital. Albany Fire Department personnel also responded. Traffic at the intersection was not allowed through for about 45 minutes.