Teenager Killed in Columbia County Logging Truck Accident
COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA. – July 26, 2018 (wrdw.com) According to an online news report from wrdw.com, a teenager was sadly killed in an accident July 25 with a logging truck in Columbia County, Georgia.*
17-year-old Sarah Rhoads was traveling in a BMW on Washington Road. At the area of Waters Edge Lane, around the line between Columbia County and Lincoln County, Rhoads crashed head-on into a logging truck. Reports indicate her vehicle was on the wrong side of the road. The logging truck overturned, and logs spilled out into the roadway. Reports are conflicting as to whether the logging truck was overturned prior to the collision with Rhoads’ vehicle or whether it overturned as a result of the collision.
Rhoads died on the scene. The driver of the logging truck was walking around after the crash, apparently not injured or having only suffering minor injuries. The bridge connecting Columbia and Lincoln counties was closed almost the entire day while crews tended to the scene.
Rhoads was reportedly on her way to a camp for special needs children organized by the YMCA, called Camp Ivey. She was a volunteer for the camp, which took place at Camp Lakeside. The Greater Augusta YMCA issued a statement upon learning of the crash:
“It is with deepest sympathy and sadness that the Greater Augusta Family YMCA reports it has lost one of its very own camp volunteers today in a tragic car accident this morning along Washington Road at the Little River Bridge … Ms. Rhoads was … loved by both staff and campers for her devotion and passion for helping kids with special needs have a fulfilling camp experience and create lifetime memories. The YMCA staff and Board of Directors extend their thoughts and prayers for the Rhoads family, all of Camp Ivey staff and campers, and Lincolnton community for this devastating loss. The Y Family is here for any support needed.”
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