I-75 Accident Injures 2-year-old Twins and a Houston County Sheriff's Deputy
MACON, GA - A news report published on macon.com states that the Georgia State Patrol is investigating a serious motor vehicle accident along I-75 in Macon, Georgia.* The accident injured crash 2-year-old twins and a Houston County Sheriff's deputy. According to the Georgia State Patrol, the accident occurred while the Houston County Sheriff's deputy was conducting a traffic stop.
The news report states that the accident occurred just before noon when Houston County Sheriff's deputy Mark Heberlig pulled a 21-year-old woman from Thomasville, Georgia, for an alleged traffic violation.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety's summary of the accident, the woman stated that she was driving northbound in her Chevrolet Tahoe. The driver then pulled over and stopped in the freeway's left side emergency lane. As the Houston County Sheriff's deputy attempted to begin arresting the driver, the deputy called dispatch for a second Deputy from the Juvenile Division to help him transport the woman's three children.
The children stepped out of the Tahoe and onto the grass and pavement median south of the Elko Exit at Mile Marker 126 between Unadilla and Perry. While the mother and children were standing beside the Tahoe, the second deputy parked her marked SUV behind the first deputy's vehicle to load up the children. A tow truck started to back up to haul the woman's Chevy Tahoe.
At that moment, a northbound GMC Duramax pickup truck with a trailer carrying a Chevy Silverado veered into the median, traveled along the left side of the second deputy's SUV, and hit the first deputy, the woman, and the three children. The extent the victims' injuries were not reported. All of the injured were transported to local area hospitals for medical treatment.
Houston County Sheriff's officials did not provide any information. The Georgia State Patrol is heading up the accident investigation. There were no reports of criminal charges.
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