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Log truck driver thanks God for sparing his life

A Burke County man, whose loaded log truck overturned last Wednesday afternoon, thanks God for sparing his life.

"Jesus was the only one who could have saved my life," said 31-year-old Demond Jackson, of Waynesboro. "I'm thankful. Jesus is who I called on when I was wrecking."

The accident happened about 5:30 p.m. on Augusta Highway near Ansley Road.

"This was next to my last day driving a log truck," said Mr. Jackson, who was planning to attend revival services at Summer Stand Outreach Church between Midville and Millen when he got off work. "I was just driving down the road. I never expected anything like this to happen."

Mr. Jackson said the mishap, which dumped a truck-load of logs into a ditch and partially into the yard of Mike and Nancy Shelton, occurred shortly after he heard something snap in the steering mechanism.

Mr. Jackson, who was en-route with his third load of logs from Hancock County to the International Paper Board Plant in South Augusta, said he could not steer the truck.

Both the westbound and eastbound lanes of the roadway were closed for about 45 minutes until the wreckage could be cleared. Deputies with the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department assisted in directing traffic.

Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Chris Wright said Mr. Jackson was charged with having no state tag and that another charge could be forthcoming pending the outcome of an inspection of the truck.

Web posted on Thursday, June 14, 2007

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