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DOT worker in bucket truck fall airlifted
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A DOT worker was airlifted to Grady after falling from a bucket truck that was struck by a tractor trailer around 11 a.m.

Jonathan Ford, 28, of Sandersville, was in the basket of the bucket truck working on the to install a backing on the traffic signal at the intersection of Ga. Highway 162 and Brown Bridge Road. The basket was fully extended.

A tractor trailer approached the intersection as the light turned green and, according to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, the left corner of the truck's trailer struck the corner of the bucket on the DOT truck.

Ford was knocked from the bucket. Although he was wearing a safety harness, when he fell he landed on the trailer and rolled to the side. Authorities say they believe the friction of the moving trailer on the strap caused it break, and Ford fell to the ground.

He was treated on the scene for injuries to his face and head and was speaking to EMS before being airlifted.

The 63-year-old truck driver from Eatonton will not face charges in the accident.