A VEHICLE driven by a local young man collided with dumpster and ran over fencing at the new Beck Branch site.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a bizarre chain of events that resulted in a young man being hospitalized after he drove erratically through a county dumpster site, crashing into four of the large trash containers and toppling fencing.
It was about 12:45 p.m. Friday when Benjamin Strickland, 21, of Whigham, drove to the manned dumpster site on Beck Branch Road to dispose of trash, according to Trooper First Class Grey Shiver of the Georgia State Patrol. The county attendant on duty told the trooper that he saw the 2009 Dodge Ram pickup truck stop at a fence at the driveway, then suddenly crash into the fence and two dumpsters. The truck then turned and crashed into two more dumpsters before it crossed Beck Branch Road, a cotton field and GA 111 and continued into another cotton field west of 111 before coming to a stop.
When authorities made their way to the truck, Strickland was not seriously injured but appeared disoriented, Trooper Shiver says. He was taken by ambulance to Grady General Hospital where he remained Tuesday, listed in fair condition, according to Megan Powell, spokeswoman for the hospital.
Trooper Shiver says the case remains under investigation and charges are pending, although he does not suspect alcohol or marijuana were involved in the incident.
Shiver says one of the dumpsters appeared damaged beyond repair.