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Georgia driver distracted by GPS leaves roadway and collides with rock embankment

PHOTO COURTESY OF CROOK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
 - The crash occurred near milepost 22 around 7:30 a.m. Monday morning.

A Georgia truck driver was injured in a crash on George Millican Road Monday morning.

According to a Crook County Sheriff's Office report, the crash was reported just after 7:30 a.m. at milepost 22. Initial reports to Crook County 9-1-1 indicated that a semi had crashed, and that the driver was out and walking around.

Deputies arrived on scene along with Alfalfa Fire Department and contacted the driver and lone occupant of the semi, 43-year-old Daniel Douthett, of Lawrenceville, Georgia. He was driving a 2021 Navistar International semi with a 53-foot trailer that was loaded with auto parts.

The crash investigation revealed that Douthett was traveling northbound when he became distracted by his GPS unit. He traveled off the roadway, locked up the brakes and collided with a rock embankment. The semi ended up rolling onto its passenger side and slid approximately 400 feet down the road/ditch. The road near milepost 22 was reduced to one lane due to partial lane blockage.

Douthett was evaluated by medics from Alfalfa Fire Department and ultimately transported to St. Charles-Bend by Bend Fire and Rescue with non-life threatening injuries. No citations were issued.


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