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Another truck rolls over on bypass
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A tractor trailer landed on its side just after the off-ramp from U.S. Highway 80 West onto Veterans Memorial Parkway west of Statesboro on Wednesday afternoon. - photo by JASON WERMERS/staff

An 18-wheeler toppled over Wednesday as the driver tried to take a right turn off U.S. Highway 80 West onto Veterans Memorial Parkway.

The turn lane merges into the parkway as a curve, instead of a right-angle turn, and the truck was the fourth to overturn in the same spot, Georgia State Patrol Post Commander Sgt. Brad Mosier said.

The driver, Albert Kentish, 43, of Tampa, Fla., took the turn at a higher rate of speed than was safe, resulting in Kentish being charged with driving too fast for conditions, Mosier said.

The overturn occurred around 12:18 p.m., and a portion of the parkway, from Miller Street Extension to Highway 80 West, was closed for about four hours while crews cleaned up the wreck.

The Statesboro Fire Department responded to the scene, and when a placard on the truck indicated it was hauling hazardous material, the Statesboro Fire Department Hazmat team was dispatched. However, when responding Trooper 1st Class Brian Scott discovered the truck's load was batteries, and only a few batteries had been damaged, the Hazmat team was notified its services weren't necessary, spokesmen on the scene said.

After the truck was picked up and its load secured, the road was reopened to traffic around 4:25 p.m., according to a Nixle alert issued by the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.

No one was injured in the accident, Mosier said.

The last 18-wheeler to overturn in the same spot was in November, when a driver took the turn too fast and a load of paper rolls shifted, he said in earlier reports.

"Since I've been here, I've worked three accidents where tractor trailers overturned there, and it was all the same scenario," he said in November.

Wednesday's overturn accident was the fourth in about two years. Two were carrying rolls of paper, one was hauling logs, which were scattered over the road, and Kentish was carrying batteries.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.




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