A Volkswagen crashed under a tractor trailer Monday afternoon as the big rig was turning right in Macon.
A bright yellow sign on the back of a truck warned "Caution Wide Right Turns" but did not prevent the collision at about 12:10 p.m. at the entrance of the U.S. Post Office sorting station at 595 Holt Ave.
Rasheem Shaheed, 38, of Macon was headed down Holt in a 2009 Volkswagen CC and said he blew his horn as he approached the turning truck, which had veered to the left, near the center line to make the turn on the narrow, two-lane street, Bibb County sheriff's deputies said.
"Cars do this all the time," another truck driver on the sidewalk said as paramedics examined the sedan driver who was able to walk away from the wreckage to the ambulance.
Shaheed was taken to the hospital to be checked out and later told The Telegraph he injured his knee and suffered whiplash.
Bibb County sheriff's Lt. Scott Davis is investigating the crash and said there were conflicting reports about what happened. In his account to the Telegraph, Shaheed challenged White's version of events.
The wreck occurred as Noah White, 54, of Sugar Hill, was pulling the 18-wheeler into the parking lot across from Dannenberg Avenue, a couple of blocks from Vineville and not far from Central High School.
The truck's right turn signals were still flashing as Macon-Bibb County firefighters talked to the drivers to make sure they were not seriously hurt before the ambulance arrived.
According to Davis' preliminary report, White said Shaheed passed the car behind his truck near the railroad tracks before coming up on him as he was turning.
The road is marked with a double yellow line.
The CC struck the curb and hit the trailer near the side turn signal.
The VW's roof was crushed near the driver's side backseat door, but the front seat compartment seemed to be spared the brunt of the impact.
This story was updated to include additional details after initial publication.