The wreck on Highway 157 at Cloudland Tuesday may have been caused by the foggy conditions that persisted throughout the day and into the night. The Georgia State Patrol post in Rome released the names of the drivers late Wednesday afternoon, but the accident report is incomplete.
The accident happened as a log truck was pulling out of Otting Tract Wildlife Management Area off of Georgia Highway 157 at Cloudland and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The log truck, a 2006 Mack, belongs to Double A Timber of a Unity Church Road address in Chattooga County and was driven by 50 year old David Dewayne Patterson of an East Armuchee Road address. The car was a 2000 Ford Taurus driven by 38 year old Michael Clayton Smith of a Gilreath Mill Road, Cloudland address.
Witnesses told AM 1180 that the car hit the log truck in the fuel tanks. Residents in the area say that the logging company has signs posted along Highway 157 to warn drivers that trucks may be entering the roadway. However, some residents of Cloudland say that with the foggy conditions it was extremely hard to see the trucks entering the roadway.
No one appears to have been seriously injured in the accident. Once again, the accident is still under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol post in Rome.