FORSYTH COUNTY — Public safety officials are urging motorists to use caution following three recent unrelated accidents involving large trucks over a seven-day span in Forsyth County.
In each of the single-vehicle incidents, a service or semi-truck left the road and rolled over. While the crashes weren’t connected, authorities say it is important for drivers to allow extra distance when traveling behind a larger truck.
“Don’t follow too closely to them,” said Robin Regan, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. “And allow more distance before turning in front of one, because it takes them longer to stop.”
The most recent crash occurred Monday morning, when the driver of an 18-wheeler lost control of the vehicle on Matt Highway (Hwy. 369) at the Cherokee County line and attempted to overcorrect, causing the trailer to leave the road.
According to Regan, the driver was taken to an area hospital with what were described as non-life threatening injuries.
In addition to damage done to the vehicle, a “couple hundred” bags of top soil had to be cleaned from the scene.
No other vehicles were damaged in these wrecks. However, that may be because none were too close.
On April 13, a garbage truck toppled onto its driver’s side at Castleberry Road and Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9) near Fowler Park, trapping the 37-year-old driver in the cab but not spilling any trash.
It has not been determined whether the crash resulted from an attempt to swerve out of the way of vehicles taking a right turn.
However, the driver barely missed the only other vehicle on Hwy. 9, which had backed out of the intersection to make room for emergency vehicles responding to a separate call.
Four days later, Keith Bridge Road (Hwy. 306) in northeast Forsyth was closed after a southbound Sawnee EMC truck tipped over and went down a steep embankment near the Humane Society of Forsyth County.
The truck was hauling a flatbed trailer with tract excavation equipment. More than one tow truck was required to remove the vehicle.
The driver and passenger, both of whom were Sawnee employees, were able to escape the wreckage uninjured. Neither was on the job at the time, authorities have said.