(Franklin) — A portion of U.S. Hwy 27 north was shut down for several hours Wednesday afternoon after a tractor-trailer hauling over 3700 pounds of molasses rear-ended a front end loader. The crash occurred around 4:00 pm just north of West Ferry Road.
According to a report issued by Georgia State Trooper P.M. Ellis, a Cartersville company owned tractor-trailer driven by 41-year-old James Casey was charged with following too closely. Casey was unable to avoid the loader driven by 34-year-old Lance Etheridge of Franklin. Casey and Etheridge were both transported to Tanner Medical Center where they were both treated and later released.
The two northbound lanes of Hwy 27 remained closed for two hours as an environmental clean-up crew was called in to contain the large quantity of molasses which spilled into the roadway. One lane was closed for an additional four hours before the roadway was completely cleared.
Trooper Ellis advised citizens and motorists in the area to be careful for the next several days. “We are advising residents and motorists in the area to be cautious of abnormal animal activity in that area for the next few days due to the small amounts of remaining molasses,” said Ellis.
According to Heard County Fire Chief and EMA Director Steve Wirth, the Heard County Public Works department and the Georgia DOT brought several truckloads of sand to aid in containing the large spill. (Images Courtesy of Chief Wirth)