Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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ALBANY, Ga. -- A truck driver headed east attempted to turn around in a closed business's parking lot on the 2800 block of Sylvester Road about 1:10 p.m. The tractor-trailer rig caught power lines, cutting power in the area and forcing authorities to detour traffic around that part of the highway for about six hours.
The R.E. Garrison Trucking Inc. tractor-trailer driver, Taft Miles, 45, of Cullman, Ala., was uninjured in the crash, an Albany Police Department report stated. No other injuries were reported.
"A wooden utility pole snapped and the 2006 Freightliner tilted to the right side," said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. "The left-side wheels of the truck were lifted off the ground."
Albany police handled the road closure, moving eastbound traffic north at Cordele Road to go around the incident on the Clark Avenue extension. Westbound traffic took the Clark Avenue extension get around closed off area and the multiple trucks from crews responding to the emergency.
An Albany Fire Department truck stood by, and a Dougherty County Police Department officer also responded to the emergency.
Crews from Mediacom, AT&T and the Water, Gas and Light Commission handled various cable connections. An email from Banks at 3:30 p.m. said that power disrupted by the incident had been restored.