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Dearing man hurt in one of two truck wrecks

A 55-year-old Dearing man was seriously injured in one of two log truck wrecks in McDuffie and Warren counties last week. The driver of the rig near Thomson, however, managed to escape a separate wreck unharmed.

The wreck off Mayfield Road near Warrenton left Edwin James Gunn, of the 4900 block of Luckys Bridge Road in McDuffie County, with various injuries on the morning of July 29, according to a report filed by Senior Trooper Steve Shelton of the Georgia State Patrol post in Thomson.

Mr. Gunn was treated by the Warren County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first responders with the Warren County Fire/Rescue Services before being taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.

The wreck involving Mr. Gunn occurred on Mayfield Road near McMichael Road about 8:24 a.m., on July 29.

Trooper Shelton said Mr. Gunn, driving a 2000 Freightliner owned by Gunn and Son Hauling of Dearing, was traveling north on Mayfield Road negotiating a curve when he lost control of the rig, dumping his load of logs after it later turned over and blocked both lanes.

The truck left the roadway on the east shoulder and traveled 117 feet.

The driver then over-corrected, causing the truck to rotate counter-clockwise, Trooper Shelton said. The truck re-entered the roadway before traveling another 127 feet, crossing both lanes before the load of logs shifted, causing the truck to overturn.

Trooper Shelton cited Mr. Gunn for failure to maintain lane and having an expired tag.

In a separate wreck on Cedar Rock Road near Newby Road about 10:26 a.m. on July 28, a 54-year-old Waynesboro truck driver made a turn too close to a ditch, causing his load of logs to spill into the roadway.

Charlie Ray Dorsey, who was driving a 1995 International truck, owned by Harold Hamilton, of Hephzibah, said he was just returning to truck driving after an absence of 10 years.

It was his first day back and his first day working for Mr. Hamilton.

"I just cut it too close when I was coming out onto the road," Mr. Dorsey said at the scene.

The wreck was investigated by GSP Trooper First Class Rich Fishel. No charges were filed.

Web posted on Thursday, August 06, 2009

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