Tractor-trailer strikes deputy's vehicle on interstate
By Linda Green

The McDuffie County Sheriff's Office patrol car was hit on the driver's side by a tractor-trailer on Feb. 7. The deputy was inside the vehicle when it was struck.
A McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office deputy sustained minor injuries after the patrol car in which she was sitting was struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 20 on Feb. 7.
According to McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office Major Ronnie Williamson, the deputy had positioned the patrol vehicle with blue lights flashing to warn motorists to slow down because a disabled tractor-trailer was just off the roadway and on the fog line eastbound near mile marker 174 at 8:49 p.m.
“There was substantial traffic going by at the highway speed when, without warning, a tractor-trailer was in the right lane and could not stop,” Williamson said. “The driver told the State Patrol and us that he let the truck go because there was no where to go instead of slowing down and following the move over law,” he said.
The right side of the tractor-trailer struck the driver’s side of the patrol car and the deputy, Christen Adkins, was inside the unit when it was hit.
“There was considerable damage to the car and minor damage to the truck. The deputy went to University Hospital McDuffie to be treated for minor injuries and returned to work that evening,” Williamson said. “She is doing great. She will be fully back to work Friday, Feb. 10,” the major said.
Williamson said the sheriff’s office requested that the Georgia State Patrol and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division investigate the crash.
As a result, the driver of the tractor-trailer, Heyward Delbert Welch, 58, of Lynchburg, South Carolina, was cited by the Georgia State Patrol for violating the move over law and for improper lane change.





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