Colin Krieger/The Packet
Power was temporarily disconnected and four vehicles were damaged early Friday morning when a Columbus man left the roadway and wrecked his pickup truck on Hughes Road. E-911 operators dispatched Lowndes County deputies to a home at the corner of Shane Circle and Hughes Road shortly after 6 a.m. Friday morning after multiple calls came in that a Nissan pickup had crashed into a light pole and then struck two parked cars, knocking out power to a nearby neighborhood.
Larry Marlowe, 52, of Columbus, was visibly shaken when deputies arrived on scene, and repeatedly asked where he was and how he got there. He told deputies that he was on his way to work on Highway 12, and he asked them several times for directions to his work. Deputies Clint Sims and Adam Honsinger stayed with Marlowe until a volunteer from Lowndes County District Three arrived to assist. It appeared from evidence found on scene that Marlowe was travelling east on Hughes Road when his truck left the North shoulder of the road. Tire tracks indicate that Marlowe’s truck sideswiped a 4-County Electric Power Association utility pole, causing the truck to spin sideways and towards the nearby home owned by Jessie Jethrow. The truck, assumed to be traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the road, traveled nearly 60 feet after striking the light pole, finally crashing into the side of a parked 2005 Dodge 1500 pickup. The Dodge then was pushed into an adjacent 2007 Chrysler 300 before finally slamming into Jethrow’s garage door. A classic 1969 Pontiac GTO parked inside the garage was disturbed when the garage door was hit, moving the vehicle approximately a foot and breaking one rear taillight.
Jessie Jethrow ran outside when he heard the commotion and alerted authorities. Neighbors began to gather around the home, many woken from slumber not by the noise from the crash, but by the sudden absence of power at their homes due to the damage to the light pole. An ambulance crew from Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle arrived on scene to treat Marlowe, who had suffered a moderate cut to his right forehead, and was dizzy and complaining of severe neck pain. Marlowe was placed in a neck-brace and loaded on a gurney for his ride to BMH-GT.
Marlowe’s truck was destroyed in the wreck, with his windshield shattered, his engine compartment in tatters and parts of his truck dislodged from the frame. 4-County workers were on scene within minutes of the accident and had the power back on within 30 minutes of the outage. The was no evidence of Marlowe being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but authorities traditionally will have blood test done at the hospital in situations like this. As of press time, it is assumed that Marlowe likely fell asleep at the wheel. (Its worth noting that the Jethrows were very concerned for the well being of Marlowe the entire time I was on scene. Despite the severe damage to two of their vehicles, both of which appeared to be very well maintained, both Jessie Jethrow and his wife were solely focused on his well-being during the ordeal. That is commendable.-CK)
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