Trucker dies after rig he was driving plunges into Nails Creek

On Tuesday morning, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, along with Franklin County EMS, the Franklin County Fire Department and the Franklin County Coroner responded to the scene of a fatal crash involving a tractor-trailer traveling southbound that left the roadway between mile marker 158 and 159, plunging into Nail’s Creek.

The incident closed at least one lane traveling in both directions for hours as emergency personnel worked to retrieve the truck and driver from the creek.

According to Franklin County Sheriff Steve Thomas, a call was received from a motorist who did not stop at the scene about a tractor-trailer leaving the interstate in the median near mile marker 158. The call came in at approximately 6:45 a.m.

A Franklin County deputy was dispatched to the scene and Thomas said due to fog in the area of Nails Creek, did not see the tractor-trailer down the embankment between the bridges.

Thomas said as the deputy was approaching Carnesville, another call was received in reference to the tractor-trailer and additional deputies returned to the area along with the one who had been originally dispatched, and this time the truck was located.

Emergency crews from the Franklin County Fire Department, Franklin County EMS, the Franklin County Coroner and Georgia State Patrol officials responded to the scene, which took several hours to clear.

As of press time, the identity of the tractor-trailer driver had not been released pending notification of the family.

Georgia State Patrol Accident Reconstruction Team officials continue to investigate the cause of the accident.