Spalding County

Triple-truck traffic crash lands man in hospital after collision with fire engine in Spalding County

SPALDING COUNTY, Ga. — Three powerful trucks crashed on Highway 41 near Griffin Thursday afternoon: a Spalding County fire truck, an electrical bucket truck and a pickup truck.

In the crash, one person was hurt. Traffic was tied up for hours while firefighters worked to free the driver trapped in the bucket truck and cleanup crews worked to clear the wreckage.

All lanes on Georgia Highway 41 in Spalding County were closed following a traffic crash involving a fire truck and an electrical truck.

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According to GDOT511, the crash was on State Route 3 near Minter Road. Georgia Highway Patrol said the crash happened before 2:00 p.m.

Pictures of the scene sent to Channel 2 Action News show a fire truck in the median between the north and southbound sides of Highway 41.

Troopers told Channel 2′s Courtney Francisco that Spalding County firefighters were on HWY 41 working a crash when an X Power Grid Services bucket truck did not stop and rear-ended their fire engine.


That pushed the fire engine into the median, and a pickup truck passing hit the fire truck as well.

The pickup driver and firefighters were okay, but it took more than an hour to free the driver trapped in the electrical truck.

Fire officials said the electrical truck ran into a fire truck that was responding to a call.

NewsChopper 2 flew over the scene Thursday afternoon as crews worked to rescue the man trapped inside the cherry picker truck.

Medics had to use a helicopter to fly the driver of the bucket truck to Grady Memorial Hospital.

By 5:30 pm, traffic was down to one lane on the Southbound side of the highway, and the northbound side remained closed. The fire engine and pickup had little trouble moving. However, a crane was used to move the bucket truck out of the road.

None of the firefighters were inside the fire truck when it was hit and no one else was injured.

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