Truck accident

An officer with the Milledgeville Police Department, along with a firefighter/first responder with Baldwin Fire Rescue responded to a collision involving two pickup trucks at the intersection of Meriwether Road and North Columbia Street on Monday night. One of the trucks overturned, but the driver sustained only minor injuries, authorities said.

A 67-year-old Milledgeville man was slightly injured Monday night after his older-model pickup truck was hit and turned over by the driver of another pickup truck, local authorities say.

The collision happened about 6:05 p.m. at the intersection of Meriwether Road and North Columbia Street — one of the city’s most dangerous intersections.

The injured driver was identified as Henry Andrews Jr., of the 400 block of Glynn Street, according to an accident report filed by Milledgeville Police Officer Benjamin Johnson.

Andrews, who sustained an injury to his left wrist, was treated at the scene of the wreck by firefighters/first responders from Baldwin Fire Rescue and personnel from Grady Emergency Medical Services. He later was taken by ambulance to the emergency department of Navicent Health Baldwin hospital in Milledgeville for further treatment of his injures.

The driver of the other truck was not injured, according to the investigating police officer.

Johnson provided an account of how the accident happened.

A 2019 Ford F-150 Supercrew pickup truck, driven by Thomas E. Bass, 74, of the 100 block of Pennington Road NW, Milledgeville, was in the northbound lane on North Columbia Street and attempted to make a left turn onto Meriwether Road.

The pickup truck, driven by Andrews, meanwhile, was traveling southbound on North Columbia Street. 

When Bass pulled into the southbound lanes of North Columbia Street to make a left turn onto Meriwether Road, the driver’s side front end of his truck struck Andrew’s truck near the driver’s side rear tire.

Johnson said the impact from the collision caused Andrews’ truck to travel off the roadway and into a nearby ditch on the right side of North Columbia Street. The truck turned over after it landed in the ditch.

The pickup truck ended up coming to rest on the passenger’s side.

Johnson said Bass maintained control of his truck and later parked it on the side of Meriwether Road.

Both trucks were towed from the scene.

Johnson said while talking with Andrews at the crash site that he smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him. The officer said he also detected slurred speech coming from the man, which led him to conduct an investigation of driving under the influence.

“I conducted a DUI investigation and found the driver to be under the influence of alcohol,” Johnson said in his report.

Three different citations were issued against Andrews.

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