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ALBANY, GA – A semi trailer truck rolled over Sunday evening, Aug 1, on a road near the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Dougherty County, GA. The truck driver was not seriously injured in the single vehicle truck accident that occurred when a passenger car crossed into the path of the 18 wheeler on Leary Road in the city of Albany. The accident area is in the southwest corner of the state about 174 miles southeast of Montgomery, Alabama and about 100 miles north of Tallahassee, Florida.

The semi truck jack knifed and then rolled over onto the passenger side of the tractor trailer.

At around 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening truck driver Donta Turnbull was driving a semi tractor trailer west on Leary Road in Dougherty County in an area just south of the SW Georgia Regional Airport in Albany, GA. Mr. Turnbull was carrying a cargo of Procter & Gamble paper products. Proctor & Gamble is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The destination of the semi trailer truck is not known.

According to the account the truck driver gave police, a passenger car traveling east on Leary Road suddenly crossed over the highway dividing line and into the path of the westbound semi trailer truck. The truck driver, Mr. Turnbull, saw the car coming head-on and took action to avoid colliding with the other vehicle. The semi truck swerved out of the way but the maneuver caused the truck driver to lose control of his 18 wheeler.


The out of control semi truck jack knifed and then rolled over onto the passenger side of the tractor trailer. The semi trailer truck ended up in a ditch running alongside Leary Road. The car that reportedly crossed into the westbound lanes and caused the truck accident continued on down the road without stopping.

No other vehicles were involved in the truck accident.

Dougherty County police and emergency personnel responded to the scene. Mr. Turnbull suffered minor injuries in the rollover truck accident and was treated at the scene. There were no reports of the truck driver being transported to a hospital.

The semi trailer truck did not look to have been heavily damaged in the truck accident and it appeared that most of the cargo of paper products remained in the trailer of the 18 wheeler. There were also no reports of the semi truck fuel tanks being punctured or diesel fuel spilling out on the road.


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A section of Leary Road was cordoned off around the truck accident site while highway crews worked to get the disabled tractor trailer back up on its wheels and off Leary Road. Traffic was slowed for several hours as vehicles were diverted around the flipped semi truck.
Authorities investigating the truck accident conducted a reconstruction of the incident and interviewed the truck driver, Mr. Turnbull. The driver reportedly told police that it happened so fast that he was not able to get a description of the vehicle that crossed into his path. It is not known if police suspect drugs or alcohol as factors in the rollover.

State commercial vehicle investigators are expected to inspect the semi trailer truck to see if the 18 wheeler had any equipment or mechanical failures that may have contributed to the truck accident.

No charges have been brought at this time and the truck accident remains under investigation.

Gordon Elias & Seely, LLP recommend that if you know anyone who has been injured or killed as the result of a commercial truck accident involving a semi truck, 18 wheeler, big rig, tractor trailer or bus, tell them to immediately contact a qualified truck accident lawyer for advice. It is imperative to do this as soon as possible to ensure that evidence is preserved. For more information about Georgia trucking laws, truck injury causes and victims rights, contact expert nationwide truck accident attorneys Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP.

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