Tractor-trailer jack-knifes

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A tractor-trailer jack-knifed off the roadway and tipped over Saturday morning at U.S. Highway 29 just north of the Ronald Reagan Parkway bridge, damaging the guardrail next to the road, officials said.

Firefighters at a fire station across the street heard the crash at 6:26 a.m. and went outside to investigate, said Capt. Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

The full-sized, unloaded car carrier was partially on its side and resting over the guardrail and embankment, Rutledge said. The driver was not immediately able to exit the cab of the truck, because of the hazardous position of the car carrier on the embankment.

The Fire Department's Technical Rescue Team responded to the scene to stabilize the vehicle, and a heavy-duty wrecker from a local towing service was requested to secure the truck and keep it from falling down the embankment, Rutledge said.

The man driving the truck had no obvious signs of injury, Rutledge said. He was evaluated and released at the scene and did not require transport to the hospital.

Grass burn gets out of control

SUWANEE -- Windy conditions Saturday afternoon caused a controlled yard burn to spread and scorch the grass in four separate yards near Birnamwood Drive and Hexham Court in Suwanee, officials said.

The fire originated when a homeowner was attempting to burn off his Burmuda grass in his lawn for the spring and summer season, Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said. Steady winds caused the fire to spread out of control.

The fire caused minor cosmetic damage to an exterior wall and gas meter of the house where the fire originated, Rutledge said. Sugar Hill Gas Co. was requested to check the gas meter for possible damage from the heat. No other structures were damaged, and no injuries were reported.

For more information on the burn ordinance and the rules for outdoor burning, call the Burn Information Line at 678-518-4979 or visit the Fire Marshal's Web site at