Turner County EMTs, patient killed in Thursday crash



ATLANTA — Two emergency medical workers and a patient they were transporting were killed in a crash with a tractor-trailer early Thursday morning.

Emergency Medical Technician Randall Whiddon, 56, of Ashburn; ambulance driver Teresa Ann Davis, 44, of Axson, and Charles Alvin Smith, 65, of Tifton, all died in the crash on Georgia Highway 32 around 5 a.m. Thursday near the Ben Hill/Irwin County line.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer were traveling west on Highway 32. The ambulance was traveling east with its lights and sirens on from Coffee County on Highway 32 when the car began pulling off the roadway to yield to the approaching ambulance. The tractor-trailer jack-knifed across the center line of the highway and into the path of the ambulance. The ambulance struck the left side of the tractor and trailer.

The driver of the truck, Rockwell Lott, of Tifton, was uninjured. The State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash and any charges are pending the findings of their investigation.

Meanwhile, the victims of the crash were remembered by friends and loved ones as news of the wreck spread. Outpourings and tributes flowed onto social media pages of the deceased.

Whiddon, who had once run for sheriff of Turner County, was remembered by friends as a dedicated EMT, a loving friend and a kind soul.

“Thank you for everything. Your legacy to EMS will long out live any of us. You were a great man and great friend. RIP dear friend,” one person posted onto his page.