Sycamore Police Chief Airlifted to Macon After Wreck

8:01 AM, Nov 13, 2012   |    comments
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A South Georgia police chief is in serious condition today after a single-car accident on I-75 Sunday night.

Justin Rutherford, police chief for Sycamore, was traveling northbound on I-75 in a police car when he approached a car in the left lane going significantly slower. He was in Tift County about a half-mile from the Turner County line.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, he swerved right to avoid hitting the vehicle but then lost control.

Sgt. Stan Stalnaker tells 13WMAZ that Rutherford hit a culvert and his car flipped several times. Rutherford was ejected from the vehicle. He was not believed to have been wearing his seat belt at the time.

He was flown to the Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he was in serious condition Monday morning.

Sycamore, population around 500, is in Turner County, off I-75 in southwest Georgia.

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