Worker in critical condition

By Kathy Jefcoats

A surveyor run over by a commercial pickup truck Tuesday afternoon along Interstate 75 remains in critical but stable condition at an Atlanta hospital.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Mack Ward identified the man Wednesday as Ismael Garze, 31, of Alto, Ga. Garze was working along the interstate on a proposed ramp project at the Hudson Bridge/Eagle's Landing exit in Henry County.

Ward said Garze was run over by Steven Reynolds, 26, of McDonough, driving a pickup owned by Metro Power. Charges are pending against Reynolds.

Ward said Reynolds was traveling in the middle of three lanes when he changed to the inner lane. In doing so, Reynolds hit a van driven by Thomas Haskins, 32, of Forsyth, lost control and drove onto the shoulder, said Ward.

Garze was on the shoulder, working with a surveyor crew sub-contracted from the state transportation department for the Hudson Bridge/Eagle's Landing expansion project.

Ward said Garze was pinned underneath the pickup before being freed and taken by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

No one else was reported injured in the crash. Reynolds's truck was towed from the scene but Haskins was able to drive away.