Thomasville Times Enterprise reported that a 51-year-old man lost his life after a truck crash occurred on Metcalfe Road in Thomasville on January 6. The accident took place at around noon when the Prestige Ice truck, which was carrying a 6,000 pound load of ice and being driven by a man from Thomasville, veered off the road and hit a utility pole, according to the report.
The man was pronounced dead immediately, and emergency responders said that the 51-year-old’s semi truck, which was turned on its side, was still running even after the accident. Firefighters from Thomas County Fire and Rescue stayed alert in case the semi truck burst into flames.
According to Lieutenant Michael Dean of the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office, the truck might have driven 100 feet off the shoulder and hit the pole, which was destroyed.
Speed was not considered to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation. Georgia State Patrol’s Sergeant Jeff Culpepper cited the accident as their first fatality of the new year.