IRWIN COUNTY, Ga. — Two emergency medical workers and a patient they were carrying were killed in a crash with a tractor-trailer early Thursday morning.
Emergency Medical Technician Randall Whiddon, 56, of Ashburn; ambulance driver Teresa Ann Davis, 44, of Axson, Ga., and Charles Alvin Smith, 65, of Tifton all died in the crash along Georgia Highway 32 around 5 a.m. Thursday near the Ben Hill, Irwin County line.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer were traveling westbound on GA 32 — the ambulance was traveling with lights and sirens from Coffee County east bound on Highway 32 when the passenger car began pulling off the roadway to yield to the approaching ambulance. The tractor-trailer jack knifed across the centerline of the highway and into the path of the ambulance. The ambulance struck the left side of the tractor and trailer.
The driver of the truck, Rockwell Lott, of Tifton, was not injured. The state patrol's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash and charges are pending the findings of their investigation.
Meanwhile, the victims of the crash were remembered by friends and loved ones as news spread. Outpourings and tributes flowed onto social media pages of the deceased.
Whiddon, who had once run for sheriff of Turner County, was remembered by friends as a dedicated EMT, a loving friend and a kind soul.
"Thank you for everything. Your legacy to EMS will long out live any of us. You were a great man and great friend. RIP dear friend," one person posted onto his page.