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Log truck overturn at I-16/I-75, causes traffic delays

A log truck overturned in the Interstate 16/Interstate 75 interchange late Thursday afternoon, shutting down the entrance ramp onto I-75 southbound.

The truck and the pine logs completely blocked the two-lane bridge connecting I-16 westbound to I-75 southbound starting about 3:20 p.m. Traffic backed up significantly on I-16 westbound until after the accident was cleared about 7:05 p.m.

The northbound ramp onto I-75 remained open, but I-75 northbound itself backed up significantly as Macon police officers shifted the extra traffic onto those lanes.

The truck driver, Billy Burgamy of Eatonton, was taken to the hospital with cuts on his head, but police officers described his injuries as minor.

The cause of the single vehicle accident wasn’t clear. Macon police officer Jason Bray said a witness behind Burgamy’s truck told police the trailer was swaying as it entered the curve in the interchange ramp. From the marks along the concrete barrier, it appears the logs started scraping against the right-side wall about 50 yards before the entire tractor trailer listed onto its side.

Burgamy told police he didn’t know what happened, saying he remembered entering the curve, then being up against the roof of his truck, Bray said. Officers found what appeared to be a broken load strap as they looked through the pine logs strewn about the road.

Machinery was brought in to move the truck and clear the logs, most of which were pushed over the guardrail and down the hill toward the woods near the interchange ramp. A Norfolk Southern vehicle came in along the railroad tracks to clean up logs that spilled off the bridge during the accident and ended up near the tracks underneath.

Macon police officers blocked the ramp while the work was done. A Crystal Springs truck driver headed northbound through the interchange stopped long enough to hand officers directing traffic bottles of water. One of the officers handed his to a woman in a slowly passing car.

“That’s for your wait,” he said.

Writer Ashley Tusan Joyner contributed to this report. To contact writer Travis Fain, call 744-4213.

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