An Effingham County deputy was seriously injured in a rollover crash. (Source: ECSO)
Anthony Cantrell (Source: ECSO)
J.O. (Source: ECSO)
EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -
An Effingham County sheriff's deputy was seriously injured in a rollover crash Friday morning.
It happened at about 10 a.m. at Midland and Nease roads. Deputy Sheriff Alvin Anthony Cantrell, and his K-9 partner J.O. were responding with lights and siren to a call at the time of the crash. He was driving south on Midland Road toward Highway 30 when the driver in front of him abruptly stopped his vehicle in the middle of the roadway.
Sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor said that the deputy swerved to the shoulder of the roadway to avoid hitting that vehicle, the deputy swerved to the shoulder of the roadway. He lost control of the cruiser in a grassy part of the shoulder and the cruiser rolled over into a ditch. The deputy was pinned in the vehicle for over 30 minutes until fire crews remove him, according to Ehsanipoor.
Cantrell was airlifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center. He is alert and conscious, according to ECSO. J.O. was taken to Webb's Animal hospital where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The Georgia State Patrol cited Rhett Cash, of Rincon, for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.
The Georgia State Patrol continues to investigate, which is ECSO's protocol on crashes involving a deputy.