Bartow County Fire Department Capt. Bruce King said a tractor-trailer left the roadway on Ga. Highway 293 at Old River Road, striking a tree off the embankment.
The driver, whose identification was not released Monday, was flown to Erlanger in Chattanooga, Tenn., King said.
According to Cartersville Fire Department personnel on the scene, the driver complained of numbness below the waist and suffered a severe laceration to the face.
No information on the cause of the crash was available from the Georgia State Patrol, which worked the crash.
Agencies respond to near-drowning Saturday
A child is recovering following a close call at Lake Allatoona Saturday.
Department of Natural Resources Sgt. Mike Barr said he and another ranger responded about 1:20 p.m. Saturday to a 3-year-old girl who had been pulled from the water while swimming with her family at Red Top Mountain State Park beach.
According to Barr, the girl’s mother was on the beach with a 9-month-old, playing in the sand while the girl’s father supervised three children in the deeper area of the roped-off beach. The mom said she noticed her infant trying to eat sand, and when she looked back toward the water, she could not see the 3-year-old.
Barr said the woman yelled to the child’s father who brought one of the younger children back to shore. A nephew located the girl floating face down in approximately 6 feet of water. She was not wearing a life jacket.
Another woman grabbed the girl and brought her to shore, but had left by time law enforcement arrived. The girl was put on her side and started coughing up water.
The girl was transported to Kennestone Hospital and was then taken to Scottish Rite Hospital where she was in stable condition. She was expected to fully recover.
“Life jackets are not required for swimming, but having one on is a good idea to prevent water tragedies regardless of the capabilities of the swimmer,” Barr said. “Swimming in pairs is also a good safety practice.”
Nude man corralled after attempting to ride horse
A Woodstock man gave a whole new meaning to the term bareback.
The 29-year-old was arrested Saturday morning after a man reported seeing a nude suspect in a pasture on Smiley Ingram Road near Center Road.
A Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy and two Georgia State Patrol troopers located Kayde Ayoub Said in the pasture without pants on and handcuffed him, placing him in a GSP vehicle because of onlookers, according to the incident report.
The complainant said he did not know Said and had not given him permission to be there.
Said told deputies he had driven to the area and parked alongside the road because he “wanted to ride the horse nude,” according to the report.
After giving several different names, including Kayla Horse and K. Horsetail, Said was taken to the jail where medical staff refused him because he was unable to answer questions or give his name. Deputies transported Said to Cartersville Medical Center, where he was cleared. He was then booked into the jail on charges of public indecency, criminal trespass and giving false name or information to police.