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Man injured when dump truck overturns
Incident occurred at subdivision site
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Forsyth County News



A Gainesville construction worker was in critical condition Thursday, two days after he lost control of an off-road dump truck in a south Forsyth subdivision.

Billy Godfrey, 61, was taken to North Fulton Hospital on Tuesday after his truck rolled down an embankment and landed upside down in a retention pond.

According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s report, Godfrey is employed with Renfroe Mining & Grading.

The company was working in the Vistas at Castleberry subdivision, which is under construction off Castleberry Road, north of Majors Road.

According to the sheriff’s report, an employee "heard a loud noise and saw a large cloud of dust" just before noon Tuesday.

The report said deputies spoke with a backhoe operator, who advised he had been loading Godfrey’s dump truck with dirt.

The truck would then haul it across the street to level lots in the subdivision.

According to the report, Godfrey’s "last load was the same as the previous ones he had hauled, but it appeared his left front tire went over the edge of the embankment." The truck hit a concrete pipe, which could have caused it to roll over.

Forsyth County firefighters found Godfrey "lying partially out of the cab," but he was not pinned down by the dump truck, according to the report.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the department notified the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, as well as the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

"EPD [was alerted] because when the vehicle came to rest upside down in the retention pond … It drained all of its motor oil and a portion of its diesel fuel out of the vehicle," Shivers said.

"It was of course contained in that retention pond, so it serves no danger to nearby streams or the environment in the neighborhoods adjoining this area."