The driver of the tractor trailer that crashed into a power pole after coming down the mountain on Highway 48 into Menlo last Friday (October 9th) not only lost his rig after it burst into flames, he lost his ability to go home after being placed under arrest at the scene.
The Summerville News is reporting that 43 year old Roby Lee Green of Texas, was heading to the Cartersville Budweiser plant hauling a load of new glass bottles when the wreck took place that night.
Green told authorities he had been following a passenger car down the mountain and that the driver had been “riding the brakes”, causing him to use his brakes more than he should; he said he was aware that the four-way stop in Menlo was coming up and was concerned as to whether or not he would be able to stop – so when they got to that point, to avoid the car in front of him, he ditched the big rig, taking out the power pole, which caused live wires to stretch across the vehicle, causing the fire which soon enveloped the truck and trailer.
Green, as it turns out, wasn’t even supposed to be driving the 18 wheeler; he was taken into custody by the Georgia State Patrol for driving a commercial vehicle without a CDL.
Firefighters remained on the scene until around 3:00 the following morning.
The wreck caused a power outage that affected around 1,200 Georgia Power customers for several hours.
(Information provided in part by the Summerville News/www.thesummervillenews.com)