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Explosives truck flips in Warren County

CADLEY, Ga. - An explosives truck on its way to a rock quarry in Warren County overturned Monday morning seriously injuring the driver, authorities say.

Fortunately, no explosion occurred and there were no other injuries.

Mark Russell Leggett, 51, of Braselton, Ga., was treated at the scene by personnel with the Warren County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first responders with the Warren County Fire/Rescue Services, according to Warren County Emergency Management Director Tommy Wolfe.

Mr. Leggett reportedly received a head and other assorted injuries and reportedly was in serious condition when he left by ambulance to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta, Mr. Wolfe said.

The EMA director said the truck was carrying blasting caps, cords and ammonium nitrate. The explosive items were all located in separate compartments.

"The only danger of an explosion would have been if those components got mixed," Mr. Wolfe said. The items were self-contained, he added, which thwarted any serious possibility of an explosion.

Work crews from the explosives company worked for several hours unloading the dangerous explosive items onto another truck.

The driver of the truck was en route to the Martin Marietta Quarry, located about four miles from the crash site.

Sgt. Perry Hobbs of the Georgia State Patrol post in Thomson said the wreck happened about 6:45 a.m. on Georgia Highway 80 near Cadley - a tiny community located about five miles west of Fountain Campground, which is holding its annual religious camp meetings this week.

Mr. Leggett was traveling west on the two-lane highway in an International truck, owned by Austin Powder Company of Madras, Ga., when he ran off the shoulder of the roadway in front of Shiloh Baptist Church, overcorrected and then flipped the truck twice, Sgt. Hobbs said at the scene. The truck landed upside down, near open pasture land.

Sgt. Hobbs had not determined whether any charges would be filed in connection with the accident as of mid-morning Monday. Also involved in the investigation were officers with the Georgia Department of Public Safety and employees of the Georgia Department of Transportation. Traffic control at the scene was handled by Warren County Sheriff's Department Deputy Sammy Purvis.

It marks the second time in two weeks that a truck has wrecked in Warren County carrying ammonium nitrate. The previous accident occurred near the Barnett exit of Interstate 20 and slightly injured three people.

Web posted on Thursday, June 12, 2008

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