By Patrick Yost, Editor
An Athens man remains in the intensive care unit at Grady Memorial Hospital after a truck he was driving west on Sandy Creek Road burst into flames following a violent collision last Wednesday.
According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Larry Edwards, 68, was airlifted to Grady following the 9:13 a.m. incident at the intersection of Sandy Creek Road and Bostwick Highway. Reports allege that Edwards stopped at the intersection and then drove his 2016 Nissan Frontier into the path of 2011 Ford Superduty truck hauling a trailer driven by Dalton A. Cauley, 19, Milton. Carley, reports state, “attempted to avoid a collision, applying brakes and steering to the right but was unsuccessful.”
Following the collision both vehicles travelled off the west shoulder of Bostwick Highway and struck a Bell South junction box and utility pole and both vehicles caught fire.
Reports state that Marlin Smith, a volunteer fire fighter in the parking lot of the Country Store at the intersection and Josh Hayes, a clerk at the store, Cauley and his passenger Christopher Wofford, 24, Flowery Branch, all rushed to the vehicle and attempted to provide aid to Edwards. Reports state that the four where able to drag Edwards to safety moments before the truck burst into flames.
According to Sgt. Justin Howard, Edwards remains in the intensive care unit at Grady Memorial with brain injuries and severe burns.