By Valerie Rowell
A dump truck driver is headed to the hospital after a traffic-snarling crash on Interstate 20.
The crash occurred shortly after 2 p.m. when the dump truck, driven by May Hughes Wimberly, 48, of Waynebsoro, Ga., was headed east on I-20 just past the Grovetown exit. The truck blew a tire, swerved from the highway, crashed through a guardrail and rolled into a deep ditch in the median.
It took about half an hour for Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue workers to pull Wimberly from the overturned vehicle and get him to a helicopter ambulance.
Wimberly's injuries, which were serious, but did not appear to be life threatening, included a possible broken arm, according to Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Smith.
While emergency crews were working at the scene, with traffic backed up, one of the passengers in a stopped vehicle suffered an apparent heart attack and was being administered emergency care. He was on the way to a hospital for medical care, when the vehicle he was riding in got stuck in traffic and his symptoms worsened.