2016-01-06 / Front Page

Crash at Nursing Home damages front, breaks power pole across street

by Terry Toole


Truck crashes into front of Miller Nursing Home, taking down railing and support column and top walk cover. Truck crashes into front of Miller Nursing Home, taking down railing and support column and top walk cover. It was not a good way to start off the New Year, when a call came from E-911 that an accident had occurred at 126 Grace Street, which was the site of the Miller Nursing Home.

The first call came in at 11:25 a.m., Friday, January

1, 2016. The Colquitt Police units were called to the scene, along with Colquitt/Miller Fire and Rescue units and Miller Ambulance units.

When the first responders arrived on the scene, they found that a pickup truck had knocked down the guard rails and a pole holding up the walkway going into the Nursing Home. The vehicle then was put into reverse and struck a high power pole, breaking the pole and laying wires across the street. The entire street was closed off until the utility people could get there to determine what lines were dangerous and to replace the power pole.


Driver backs straight across Grace Street and breaks power pole and miscellaneous wires. Driver backs straight across Grace Street and breaks power pole and miscellaneous wires. The accident occurred according to the crash report when Eddie Mary Crumbley, 65, of Lumpkin, was travelling north on Grace Street on a 2011 Ford pickup truck. She turned right into the parking area in front of the Nursing Home and struck the railing and support column, damaging that area of the structure along with the front end of her vehicle.

The driver stated that she misjudged the clearance when her truck struck the structure. She told officers that she put the vehicle in reverse and the truck would not stop, causing her to strike a power pole behind her with the back bumper, damaging the rear of the truck, and breaking the power pole just above the ground.

The incident report indicated that the first crash was caused by the misjudged clearance as she turned in to park. The second crash did not give a reason for the crash. The driver was wearing a shoulder and lap belt. There was no injury to the driver, who was the only occupant.

The total damage was not estimated, but the report indicated minor damage to the truck. There was major damage to the structure and to the power pole.

GSP Trooper Robert E. Snider of the Georgia State Patrol Post 14, in Colquitt was the investigating officer.

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