According to THP Trooper Neil Ferguson's Traffic Crash Report, a 2005 Ford Ranger driven by Walter L. Buckingham, Jr., 59, 709 Freeman Street, Lafayette was traveling north on Hwy. 10 at 5:30 p.m.
“As the vehicle came around the curve and started up the hill, the driver lost control and the vehicle went off the right shoulder and down an embankment.”
The front end of the truck struck the ground at the bottom of the ravine and flipped over onto its top, then came to a rest on its right side.
Rescue Squad and EMS personnel had to rappel down the embankment to bring Mr. Buckingham's wife, Jamie Buckingham, up to a waiting ambulance. She was transported to Macon County General Hospital by the Macon County EMS.
Heavy holiday traffic traveling both north and south was delayed at the top and bottom of the Lafayette Hill as emergency crews worked first to remove the injured woman, and then to remove the wrecked truck from the ravine.
The Wednesday night, 5:30 p.m. Hwy. 10-south accident slowed or blocked traffic on the heavily traveled roadway for more than an hour.
Several other property damage wrecks marred Thanksgiving Eve for Macon County motorists, with a two vehicle accident occurring at the intersection of Hwy. 52-east and Browns Road at about 6 p.m. No one was injured, according to Macon County Sheriff's Department reports.
In spite of the severity of the accident, Ms. Jamie Buckingham was apparently not seriously injured in the Lafayette Hill incident.