For responders, impact of tragedy comes after service
CARNESVILLE – Franklin County emergency responders faced a situation Saturday on a scale that they, thankfully, rarely see.
A multi-vehicle accident on I-85 near the Royston exit claimed the lives of seven people, including a 3-year-old child. (See related story)
The accident was described as “one of the most devastating accidents that’s taken place in this county,” “awful” and “the worst I’ve ever seen,” by veteran emergency responders who were on scene.
Emergency responders got to the scene within two minutes of the call about the accident, as sheriff’s deputies were nearby, Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said.
Franklin County Coronoer Scott O’Barr said that all of the responders worked together to rescue the wounded, extricate those who died, investigate and then clean up.
“On scene, I didn’t see one tear,” he said. “Everybody had a job to do.”
But the aftermath of seeing such a tragedy does have an impact on the responders.
“It took a toll on everybody,” Thomas said.
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