Updated:DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. —
Crews spent the afternoon on Friday cleaning up the mess left behind after an 18-wheeler crashed into the front yard of a Douglas County home.
The crash happened on Chapel Hill Road, between Central Church Road and Dorsett Shoals Road in Douglasville.
“I heard the bang. I thought it was thunder,” homeowner Ronnie Kirby said.
The sound was actually a tractor-trailer crashing into Kirby's front yard as well as his neighbors around 5 a.m.
“I think it’s the worst mess I’ve seen in my front yard in a long time,” neighbor Shirley Leslie said.
The mess included the crumpled cab of the truck. The Georgia State Patrol said Robert Cannon, the driver from Cullman, Al., suffered facial injuries and was taken to Atlanta Medical Center.
Troopers said the tractor-trailer crossed the center line, hit several trees, and landed on its side.
Residents in the area said they aren’t surprised something like this happened.
“This does not surprise me. I’ve been looking for it to happen for a long time,” Kirby said.
Neighbors said while traffic was crawling Friday morning with one lane closed, the road is usually full of cars and trucks zooming by at all hours.
“This road is so busy, and it needs to be widened, and they just won’t do it,” Kirby said.
After this accident, Kirby said he hopes county leaders will finally take notice and do something.
GSP said it does not know what caused the crash and the investigation is ongoing.