MALCOLM RITTER and KARL RITTER
The Valdosta Daily Times
A rollover accident between mile markers 17 and 18 on Interstate 75 Southbound resulted in injuries to a male and female adult, and severe damage to the vehicle involved.
Preliminary investigations show that a maroon Ford Expedition with Georgia plates hauling a Keystone Sprinter travel trailer was going the speed limit in the center lane of southbound I-75 at around 1:15 p.m., when the driver attempted to change lanes, Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Ed Shiver said at the scene.
Another vehicle in the driver's blind spot likely caused the driver to jerk the wheel away from the vehicle, causing the travel trailer to fishtail, Shiver said.
The driver lost control of the trailer, which turned over onto its right side.
The motion of the trailer caused the Excursion to flip over as well. The Excursion broke away from the trailer hitch and rolled over at least once, Shiver said, causing severe damage to the roof and the windshield and shattering side window glass.
The accident blocked all three lanes of traffic on the southbound side of the highway for more than half an hour.
The victims were extracted from the vehicle with minor injuries, and were standing and walking outside the vehicle, Shiver said. The victims were both transported by EMS to the South Georgia Medical Center.
Two small dogs were also taken from the scene by Lowndes County Animal Control.
The Georgia State Patrol investigated the accident. Valdosta Fire Department and the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office worked to extract and stabilize the victims and the Valdosta Police Department also appeared on-scene.
Wreckers from Larry Dorminey's Wrecker service removed the vehicle and trailer from the scene.