Collision with Tractor-Trailer Claims Two Lives in Baldwin County, Georgia
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ga. — John and Joan Woodford, both 71-years-of-age, from Macon, Georgia, died during a collision with a semi-truck according to The Union-Recorder. First responders located the accident scene at the intersection of Georgia Highway 112, known to the locals as Vinson Highway, and the Fall Line Freeway. A prominent landmark, the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery, is nearby. Although police investigators are still trying to determine what happened,the preliminary investigation reveals that the accident may be attributable to the driver of the tractor-trailer truck.*
Troopers from the Georgia State Patrol received a dispatch at approximately 12:25 p.m. on Sunday afternoon for reports of a major motor vehicle crash with injuries. The troopers arrived at the location and found a tractor-trailer truck belonging to Howard Sheppard, Inc. rolled over and on top of a Ford F-150 pickup truck. Police observed that the occupants of the Ford pickup were deceased.
The initial investigation performed by troopers indicated that the driver of the big rig, identified by police as 30-year-old Reginald B. Renfroe from Milledgeville, Georgia, ran the stop sign on Vinson Highway at the Fall Line Freeway. John Woodford was driving his wife in their pickup when they slammed into the left side of the tractor-trailer. The semi-truck rolled onto the pickup as a result of the collision. Mr. Renfroe was uninjured in the incident.
Troopers from the Georgia State Patrol Collision Reconstruction Team will continue the investigation. Police did not file charges against Renfroe at this time. They will wait until the investigation is complete before determining if Renfroe might be criminally responsible for the married couples' deaths.
Baldwin County has seen more than its fair share of fatal motor vehicle accidents in recent weeks. Six people have died, including the Woodfords, since November 29 in auto accidents in Baldwin County.
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