Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Sister Newspapers' News

July 2, 2012

Accident leads to roadside brawl

VALDOSTA, Ga. — What started with a teenager being flipped from the bed of a pick up truck into a ditch, escalated into a wild brawl with occupants of another truck.

Witnesses said at least a dozen people and perhaps many more were involved in the melee. It ended when the Georgia State Police and sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene. They quickly diffused the fight with the help of tasers and a “football tackle.”

Scott Jenkins, a construction worker, said he watched the incident unfold. “There were just too many people in the back of those trucks,” said Jenkins.

“After one guy fell out, the two trucks pulled over and they all got into a fight.”

Authorities haven’t determined what prompted the outbreak, but think it may have started earlier when both trucks pulled into a gas station.

The 17-year-old passenger who was sent flying into a mailbox and crashed into an overgrown ditch next to the road sustained only minor injuries. He was cited for not wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the truck the young man was riding in also was ticketed for failing to maintain his lane, a seatbelt infraction and an expired driver’s license.

Text Only
Sister Newspapers' News
Sister Newspaper Columns
AP Editor's Picks Video
Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs
National and World