Updated by: Lanetra Bennett
May 22, 2014
Valdosta, GA - A local truck driver is killed after running off the road and into an embankment. Authorities say a passenger managed to escape the early morning crash with head injuries.
A semi truck crashed near I-75 in Valdosta around 1:30 Thursday morning.
Georgia State Troopers say the truck driver, 32-year-old Benjamin Warren, was killed.
Authorities say Warren had just gotten off the northbound ramp at exit 18. Lowndes County Deputy Coroner, Brad Carter, says, "He ran a red light on the interstate, probably going too fast blew through the red light, hit an automobile, small SUV trying to enter the on ramp, proceeded to come on over, come down the embankment."
Authorities say the semi came to a stop upside down, at the bottom of the embankment in the parking lot of Olive Garden; and the SUV it hit, landed on its passenger side.
Authorities say Warren died on impact, and that it took three to four hours to get him out because he was pinned under the cab of the semi.
Troopers say his passenger, 31-year-old Jason Boston, was able to get out.
Valdosta resident Brannigan Jackson says, "That's sad. That's horrible."
A fire hydrant was broken during the crash, which flooded the Olive Garden parking lot. Crews were working on repairs throughout the day. The restaurant had to close for business.
Jackson says she's not surprised that such a tragedy would happen in that area. She says, "This road over here, this is a bad place. They tried to make it better by putting lights over here. But, this whole area is not set up right."
Troopers say the driver of the SUV that was hit, is 23-year-old Micky Halsey. We're told he was taken to the hospital but his condition is unknown at this time.
Authorities say all three people involved in the crash are from Georgia.
May 22, 2014
By: Joe Hellriegel
Authorities are on the scene after a tractor trailer rolled over an embankment, killing the driver.
The tractor trailer was traveling northbound on I-75 in Valdosta, near exit 18, when it rolled over an embankment into an Olive Garden parking lot. The lot flooded due to a water main break.
The driver has been pronounced dead on scene. We will bring you any additional details as they become available.