The driver of a FedEx truck was airlifted from a crash scene with injuries after colliding with a Braselton Police Department Chevy Tahoe on Interstate I-85 south bound Friday morning. Georgia State Patrol worked the accident.
The accident happened just after 7:15 a.m. when the vehicle of the BPD officer who was conducting a traffic stop near mile marker 127 southbound was struck by the Fed Ex tractor trailer, according to Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco.
“He called out that his vehicle had been struck,” said Esco.
The Georgia State Patrol, which worked the accident, said witnesses at the scene said the Fed Ex truck was “all over the road” prior to the accident, Esco said.
The I-85 southbound lanes were shut down for several hours after the wreck and authorities urged citizens to avoid the portion of the interstate and to take alternate routes.
Barrow County Emergency Services extricated the driver of the Fed Ex truck and he was airlifted to the hospital via helicopter. The BPD officer was taken to the hospital for medical evaluation, but has since been released. “He is fine,” said Esco. “He was taken to the hospital. No injuries at all.”
The officer was one of the newer officers on the department, Esco said.
West Jackson Fire Department also responded to the scene.
UPDATE 9:05 A.M.: At this time extrication is complete, the helicopter has left the scene. The accident involved a FedEx truck and a Braselton Police Department vehicle. One southbound lane has been reopened. The other southbound lane will remained closed until cleanup is complete which will be several hours. We urge citizens to avoid the area.
Barrow County Emergency Services is advising citizens to avoid the area of Interstate 85 southbound at Highway 211 due to a motor vehicle collision.
"A tractor trailer has overturned with entrapment and another vehicle involved," stated Lieutenant Scott Dakin. "Interstate 85 southbound has been closed down and will remain closed for several hours. Northbound lanes are congested in the area."
Barrow County Emergency Services is working now to extricate the patient and has a medical helicopter enroute to transport the patient. West Jackson Fire Department has been requested to assist.
"Citizens need to avoid this area for several hours," stated Lieutenant Dakin.