Two Peach Co. Firefighters Hit by Impaired Driver

11:06 AM, Nov 20, 2012   |    comments
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Two Peach County firefighters were taken to the hospital Monday night after they were hit by a driver whom the Georgia State Patrol says was under the influence of prescription drugs.

Firefighters Donnie Wayne Parker and Dalroy Ruppert were both taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Fire Chief Thomas Doles says both men were treated and released.  He says their injuries were not life-threatening.

The men were working cleanup after a traffic accident on Highway 96, near Housers Mill Road around 6:30 p.m.

TFCS Officer Alligood, with the GSP, told 13WMAZ that firefighters were rerouting traffic around the wrecked cars. But 55-year-old Charlie Lee Towns of Fort Valley passed through the accident scene even after warnings from first responders.

Alligood says Towns struck the two firefighters and one of the cars that had already been wrecked.

Towns faces charges of DUI for driving while impaired by prescription medications and Failure to Obey a person directing traffic.

One or more charges of serious injury by a vehicle may be pending.

Check back with 13WMAZ.com for updates.

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