Deputy Coroner Gene Proctor pronounced Jerry Wayne Boyd, 44, of 8 Southern Woods Drive in Armuchee, dead at the scene at 3 p.m. His body was sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy.
Boyd was driving the logging truck, which was owned by his father-in-law’s company, Proctor said.
According to Floyd County police officers Tim Minter and Baker Harbin:
Boyd was heading west on Kingston Highway in the logging truck and was rounding the curve in front of Mizpah United Methodist Church when a log on top of the load shifted, causing the truck to tilt.
Boyd attempted to maintain his lane, but overcorrected. The truck overturned on the driver’s side, skidding about 50 feet into the eastbound lane as Wendy Williams, 42, of Kingston, was rounding the curve in her white Chevrolet Cobalt.
She struck his cab head-on, fatally injuring the driver.
Minter said Williams was able to stand up and walk on her own following the wreck and Harbin said she was treated in an ambulance at the scene but was not taken to the hospital.
Williams was not at fault for the wreck and neither vehicle seemed to be speeding, Minter said.
The logging truck had both lanes on Kingston Highway blocked for more than four hours until the wreckage was cleared at 6:30 p.m.
Theresa Coleman, minister of Mizpah UMC, said she witnessed the wreck and called 911 at 2:23 p.m. The driver, she said, was breathing during the time it took emergency responders to arrive, but he stopped breathing as police drove up on the scene. Several wrecks have occurred at that curve, she said.
“This is the third car accident in less than a month and it’s the second one that’s either been a fatality or near fatality,” she said. “There were two young boys (who wrecked) in identically the same place, and there needs to be something done about this curve.”