A 2012 Freightliner log truck hauling saw timber and driven by William Joshua Taylor, 33, of Lyons, overturned about 150 feet north of the Highway 57 and Lynntown Road junction on Monday, October 31, 2022, sending logs tumbling into the front yard of Mrs. Katherine Bass, whose home is located in the forks of the road between Lynntown Road and 57. Taylor was transported to Optim Medical Center where he was air evacuated to another facility in Savannah. Currently, his medical condition is undetermined, but witnesses stated that he had numerous cuts and bruises, some of which looked serious.
The truck was traveling south of 57 and failed to make the curve, which is about a quarter of a mile from the Hwy 280 / 57 traffic light. Logs went all the way across Mrs. Bass’s yard and some came to rest on the edge of Lynntown Road. Reidsville Police Officer Michael Jarriel, who investigated the accident, stated that damage from the wreck included Mrs. Bass’s yard, curbing and sidewalk belonging to the City of Reidsville, and a pole, cable and hardware belonging to Hargray.
The truck belongs to HEBT LLC, and the driver was cited for driving too fast for conditions. The curve is often underestimated by drivers coming into town and has resulted in serious accidents over a period of many years.
The tractor and trailer came to rest on the right side after clipping a light pole, and cable wiring from Hargray was entangled around the cab.
Hwy 57 and the Lynntown Road were closed briefly to remove log debris and cable wiring, and traffic was limited to one lane for more than an hour. It appeared that the Freightliner tractor sustained severe damage, but fortunately no other vehicles were involved. Firemen, sheriff’s deputies, and city police were on hand shortly after the accident occurred to access and stabilize the situation and allow a minimal flow of traffic after most of the debris had been cleared.