Lights and Sirens

None hurt as train collides with semi in Palmetto

This is what was left of an 18-wheeler after it was struck Aug. 21 by a train at Vine Street and U.S. Highway 29 in Palmetto after the tractor-trailer got hung up on the tracks at the railroad crossing. The driver of the 18-wheeler and his passenger exited the vehicle prior to the collision and escaped without injury. Photo/Special.

A Louisville man and his passenger were uninjured Aug. 21 in an accident along U.S. Highway 29 in Palmetto when the tractor-trailer he was driving became hung up on the railroad tracks at the Vine Street crossing and was subsequently hit by an oncoming train. Read More»

Boot drive returning soon to PTC

Staff at the Peachtree City Fire Department are preparing to crank up their annual “boot drive” to collect funds for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

The boot drive will take place Friday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 9 at local shopping centers between 9 am. to noon and again from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Firefighters will be stationed at the Kedron Village shopping center, the Braelinn Village shopping center, the Peachtree Crossings East shopping center and the Peachtree City Walmart. Read More»

Friday crash kills local teen, seriously wounds another

Deputies: second vehicle ran red light on Hwy. 54 near hospital

A two-car crash Friday afternoon claimed the life of a local teenager and left another teen hospitalized with serious injuries, according to Fayette County sheriff's deputies.

The crash killed Malcom Williams, 17, of Fayetteville and seriously injured Bismarck S. Delarosa, 18 of Fayetteville, deputies said.

Deputies said a second vehicle ran a red light and struck the 2004 Honda Accord which Delarosa was driving with Williams as a passenger. Read More»

Tyrone officer walks away from wrecked patrol car in high-speed chase

A Sunday afternoon traffic accident on Ga. Highway 74 in Tyrone involving a police patrol car and an SUV resulted in the two drivers being treated and released from area hospitals and the driver of the SUV charged. The Tyrone officer was chasing a speeder on Hwy. 74 when the accident occurred, causing his patrol vehicle to barrel-roll. Lt. Eric DeLoose walked away from the accident after being cut out of the patrol car. Read More»

Kids get behind the scenes look in Fayette Co. Fire Camp

Fayette County Fire/EMS Lt. Donnie Davis uses CPR dummies to teach chest compression techniques to Fire Camp participants. Photo/John Munford.

More than a dozen children got a behind the scenes look at the Fayette County Fire Department during the first-ever “fire camp” last week.

The 16 participants ages 8 to 14 also got a lesson on CPR using practice mannequins and were shown how to use an AED (automatic external defibrillator) for cardiac emergencies.

Starting with an unconscious person on the ground, the group was taught to first see if the victim is just asleep or disoriented. The idea is to startle them with loud noise, and if they don’t respond, send someone to call 911. Read More»

Fayetteville’s Junior Police Academy cadets get in shape

Fayetteville’s Junior Police Academy cadets get in shape

Members of the recently completed Fayetteville Junior Police Academy did their part each morning to get ready and in shape for the day’s activities by doing a bit of physical training. Photo/Special.

Man dies trapped under overturned golf cart

The body of an elderly Fayette County man was discovered near his home early Monday afternoon pinned under a golf cart.

Frank Vines, 88, of 110 Scott Boulevard near the intersection of Tyrone and Ellison roads, was later pronounced dead, officials said.

Neighbors discovered the cart, which had gone down a ravine into a wooded area, and reported it to 911, officials said. EMS officials said Vines did not have any visible injuries, but he may have suffered from a medical problem that led to him being incapacitated, according to law enforcement officials. Read More»

1 PTC man dies, 1 injured in lightning strike

Peachtree City resident Burnette Hayes died after an apparent lightning strike Friday afternoon at the Battery Way boat ramp on Lake Peachtree. A second man regained consciousness while emergency crews were at the scene. Read More»

Fryer blaze shutters S. F’ville Wendy’s for 2 weeks

An early morning fire at the Wendy’s restaurant in south Fayetteville Tuesday has resulted in the store being closed for interior repairs, a company spokesperson said.

The fire was started by a fry cooker that caught fire, and firefighters responded to extinguish the blaze, said Wendy’s spokesman Denny Lynch.

The restaurant, located off Ga. Highway 85 south at the Summit Point shopping center, was closed at the time and no one was inside when the fire occurred, Lynch said.

The store, which was damaged by the smoke from the fire, is expected to be closed about two weeks, Lynch said.

Behind the big booms, light show on 4th, plenty of work

Shawn Hardy of Liberty Pyrotechnics shows the “cake” firework box at left, one of 10 that comprised the grand finale for Peachtree City’s annual July 4 fireworks show last week. Photo/John Munford.

As the rain left the area in plenty of time, there was again much to enjoy about Peachtree City’s annual fireworks display July 4th.

But there’s plenty of work done in advance to make sure the show goes off smoothly, according to Shawn Hardy of Liberty Pyrotechnics.

The display was actually prepared several days in advance, with security staying on-site 24 hours a day until after the big show.

It took two days to set up the show, working 12 hours a day in the 100-degree temperatures. Read More»

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