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Truck wreck snarls I-20 traffic

Posted: August 13, 2012 - 3:06pm  |  Updated: August 13, 2012 - 5:06pm
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Emergency personnel haul the driver a drump truck up the steep incline that his truck rolled down after it blew a tire and broke through the guardrail on Interstate 20 Monday.   Photo By Valerie Rowell
Photo By Valerie Rowell
Emergency personnel haul the driver a drump truck up the steep incline that his truck rolled down after it blew a tire and broke through the guardrail on Interstate 20 Monday.

By Valerie Rowell

Staff Writer

Twitter @ValerieRowell

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.

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