A fiery crash near Cave Spring, Georgia Tuesday afternoon could’ve been a lot worse if not for the quick response of police officers. According to the Floyd County Police a Dodge Caravan driven by 56 year old Preston Evans Jr., of Collinsville (Alabama), was traveling south toward Cave Spring on Highway 411 near Bagwell Road. He said to police that the sun got into his eyes – and he crossed the center line, before striking a northbound tractor-trailer that was heading to F&P.
Both vehicles left the roadway, with the fuel tank on the tractor-trailer detaching and catching fire. A tire on the tractor-trailer also caught fire due to overheated brakes. Floyd County Police officers were nearby and quickly responded to the scene – and at that point, they emptied three fire extinguishers to suppress that fire. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Rhonda Putman of a Wellington address, (Alabama), was transported to Atrium Health Floyd with complaints of injury.
Evans refused transport to the hospital and was cited for failure to maintain a lane.