Senior Trooper B.L. Mims of the Georgia State Patrol described what happened. He said a burgundy Chevrolet Equinox driven by Ronald Lambert of Griffin was traveling west on West Ellis Road and failed to negotiate the curve near North Pine Hill Road.
“He ran off the roadway here,” Mims said.
Lambert’s car overturned several times as it tumbled down the ivy-covered hill before coming to rest wheels-down atop a pair of old railroad tracks at the bottom of the ravine. At the scene, Mims said Lambert’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening and that he would be taken to Spalding Regional Medical Center.
Spalding County Sheriff’s Office deputy Gene Clark said the call came in at 12:51 p.m. Trooper 1st Class J.T. McMillan said the first unit on the scene came from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and arrived at 12:54 p.m.
“When we got here, EMS was already working with the firefighters,” McMillan said about when he arrived on the scene.
He said the EMS personnel and firefighters were preparing to get the victim onto a backboard and haul him up the hill to the waiting ambulance.
Just after 1:15 p.m., EMS personnel and firefighters removed Lambert from the vehicle and got him on a backboard. Just after 1:20 p.m., using a series of ropes and pulleys connected to a Spalding County Fire Department engine, they pulled him up the hill through the ivy onto the road and put him into the ambulance.