UPDATED ON 6: One Person Dies When Truck Transporting Crane Rolls Over
By Randy Key, WJBF Web Content Coordinator - email
Photo from the scene of a deadly Wednesday morning rollover crash in south Augusta involving a truck transporting a crane
Augusta, GA -
***UPDATED at 5:15 P.M. on Wednesday, May 14th***
A scene of mass machinery filled the intersection of Skyview Drive and New Savannah Road in South Augusta. Multiple agencies showed up to try to save Jordan Riddle who was pinned under the crane truck.
Nicholas Snyder, an employee at Southern Roofing, saw the accident happen and rushed to the scene.
“I went out to the opposite side and I saw there was a passenger in the vehicle that was trapped, and I immediately checked his pulse and all I could see was the back left-hand side of his body, and he did have a pulse at the time,” said Snyder.
Snyder said the driver got out through the windshield and had no injuries, but his friend was stuck inside.
“I immediately wanted to pull him from the wreckage, but me not being able to see his upper body half, I thought it just might be better to leave the way he is, he had a pulse, he was breathing, I could tell by the way his stomach was moving,” said Snyder.
He said his co-worker called 911, and emergency crews tried to save Riddle, but it was too late. The crews worked for hours to retrieve his body.
“Due to the weight of the truck that’s on its side we had to call in two large cranes, and we are using wreckers in conjunction with one another, it’s a slow process, and we don’t want anyone else hurt while we do this,”said Sergeant Redmon from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is looking into how and why the accident happened.
“The cause of the accident is still under investigation, we are not ruling out mechanical failure, but we’ve talked to the driver, we have some witnesses that we’ve talked to, we will do more interviews later in the day and upcoming days,” said Redmon.
The friends and family were on scene, but they did not want to talk on camera. They are in shock and are asking for the community's outpouring of love, prayers, and support during this difficult time.
***UPDATED at 1:14 P.M. on Wednesday, May 14th***
More information has been released concerning a deadly Wednesday morning crash involving a truck transporting a crane in south Augusta.
The company that owns the crane is Erycson Crane Company from Columbia County.
Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen confirms the identity of the man who was killed after being pinned underneath the vehicle as 28-year-old Eryc Jordan, of Grovetown.
Riddle was pronounced dead at the scene by Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose at 8:05 a.m. Autopsy will be performed this week an the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta.
The driver did not receive any injuries in the crash. He has not been identified, at this time.
No charges filed have been filed, yet, and this is still an open investigation, according to Richmond County Sheriff's Office officials.
We will continue to follow this developing story and provide the latest information as it becomes available.
WJBF News Channel 6 has learned one person is dead after a truck transporting a crane rolled rolled over on Skyview Drive, in south Augusta, Wednesday morning..
A Richmond County Sheriff's Office spokesperson tells us, around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Division deputies responded to Skyview Drive and New Savannah Road regarding a single vehicle rollover traffic accident.
Upon deputies' arrival, they discovered that a single unit truck carrying a crane was traveling northbound of Skyview Drive approaching New Savannah Road. The single vehicle was being operated by the driver and had one passenger. The vehicle reportedly attempted to make a left turn on to New Savannah Road and due to mechanical failure, resulted in the vehicle rolling over.
The passenger, identified as 28-year-old Jordan Riddle, was pinned under the vehicle and was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.
This traffic accident is in the beginning phases of being investigated. Drivers looking to travel in this direction should seek an alternate route due to the intersection (Skyview Drive and New Savannah Road) being closed. The intersection will be closed for five hours.