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Man extricated after his truck wedged underneath tractor-trailer
18-year-old suffers nonlife-threatening injuries

A Gainesville man had to be extricated from his truck after it went underneath a tractor-trailer Tuesday night on Interstate 985 in Hall County.

Georgia State Patrol said Aaron Woodring, 18, was driving a Ford Ranger pickup truck in the right southbound lane of 985 around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, near mile marker 19.

At that time, a tractor-trailer driven by Hector Sierra-Hernandez of Chaparral, New Mexico, was parked on the right shoulder. 

“Traffic had become congested in this portion of the interstate and for unknown reasons, the Ford Ranger traveled off the right shoulder of the roadway and struck the rear of the tractor-trailer truck,” said state patrol Cpl. Major Patterson in an email.

The truck then went “underneath the trailer entrapping the driver,” Patterson said.

Woodring was extricated and transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for non life-threatening injuries, and Sierra-Hernandez was not injured.

State patrol said Woodring was charged with failure to maintain lane.