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First a semi, then a building

Only minor injuries reported

POSTED: September 15, 2007 5:05 a.m.
A Hinesville woman suffered only minor abrasions in a wreck Tuesday, according to an incident report filed by Ludowici police officer J.R. Downs Jr.
In the report, it was noted witnesses observed Julia Ocheltree traveling eastbound on Highway 84 before turning right onto McDonald Street.  
As she was making the turn, the left, front quarter-panel of the Toyota Tercel she was driving was struck by a Freightliner tractor/trailer traveling southbound on McDonald Street.
Upon impact, the car traveled about 20 feet before striking the side of the Ludowici Drug Store. As the car was turning, it also was struck in the left, rear section of the vehicle before coming to a rest on the curb.
The Freightliner truck, driven by Patrick White of Orange Park, Fla., is owned by Milan’s Express based in Jacksonville.
The truck was making a deliver at the time of the wreck.  
Long County EMS units and Ludowici/Long County Fire Chief Darrell Ballance also responded to the call, but neither White nor Ocheltree was taken to a hospital.
“She (Ocheltree) was very lucky she didn’t turn a split second sooner; if she had, this would have been a lot worse,” Ballance said.  
The Tercel had extensive damage, while the truck sustained only minor damage.
Ocheltree was cited for failure to yield the right of way, LPD Sgt. Sal Genualdi said.
 

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