A burning vehicle, a man crying out for help, and only a split second to make a decision.
That’s the situation that confronted Comer’s Brian Fortson as he and his wife, Kelly, traveled to see her father at a retirement home in Winterville on the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 10.
Greg Pierce, of Danielsville, had finished up his work as a truck driver for Triple H Transport and was heading back to his home office in Maysville when he somehow lost control of his tractor-trailer on Hwy. 22 near Comer in Oglethorpe County.
“I remember coming down the hill and I guess I ran off (the edge) of the road,” he said. The truck and 53-foot empty trailer careened off the road and hit a ditch, then went back across the road and into some woods. The impact caused the cab to catch fire.
Pierce’s wife, Gail, said her husband has had a fear of fire since he suffered second-degree burns in a gasoline fire accident while doing yard work a few years ago.
Brian Fortson (L) and Greg Pierce met for the first time last week since Pierce’s accident on Dec. 10. Fortson was one of two men who pulled Pierce to safety after the cab of his tractor-trailer caught fire. Margie Richards/staff
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