The truck owned by Gusto Brands in LaGrange went down a ravine and overturned on Whitesville Road about two miles north of the Harris County line.
Troup County firefighters used the “Jaws of Life” power tool to extricate the driver from the wreckage. Willie Cornell Core, 28, of Valley, Ala., who suffered lacerations to the head, was flown by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was in stable condition Thursday night.
Core was northbound about 2 p.m. when the empty truck went off the right shoulder and hit a curve warning sign. He overcorrected and the truck crossed the road and went down a ravine, where it overturned and hit several trees, coming to rest on its right side.
In another accident, Hogansville police said a woman escaped injury when she hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and crashed into a storefront church.
Chief Moses Ector said JoAnn Pike, whose age was unavailable, was backing out of a downtown parking spot on East Main Street in her Lincoln Continental about 2:45 p.m.
“Some traffic came and she got in a fright and hit the gas instead of the brake,” Ector said.
Her car struck the front door of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
The front of the church was being boarded up late Thursday, and Ector said officials wouldn’t know the exact amount of damage until a building inspector could conduct a survey.
Pike refused treatment at the scene.