EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - An Effingham County sheriff's deputy remains in the hospital with serious injuries he received from a crash Friday morning.
The crash happened at about 10 a.m. on Midland Road off of Ga. Highway 30. 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.
Investigators said the deputy swerved to the shoulder of the roadway to avoid hitting that vehicle, 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 more than 30 minutes until fire crews removed him from the wreckage.
Sheriff Jimmie McDuffie said Cantrell is alert and conscious.
"When they were getting ready to take him to the hospital, he had some cuts and bruises, and maybe a broken leg," McDuffie said.
J.O. was taken to Webb's Animal hospital in Rincon where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Georgia State Patrol cited the driver of the vehicle Rhett Cash, of Rincon, for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.