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HERO driver hit while working I-75 crash

A Georgia Department of Transportation Highway Emergency Response Operator was hit by a pickup truck and injured while working a wreck in Midtown during Thursday’s predawn storms.

The incident happened about 4:45 a.m. on the northbound I-75 HOV ramp at the Brookwood Interchange.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, HERO driver Christopher D. Seslar was putting out flares to block the roadway after an earlier wreck when he was hit by a 1998 Ford pickup truck.

The pickup driver, Richard K. Hutto, 38, of Fitzgerald, apparently struck a guard rail first, then over-corrected and hit Seslar, a GSP spokesperson said in an email.

Hutto, who was not injured, was charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions, driving on a suspended license, failure to exercise due care and to obey the state’s “move over” law that requires drivers to move over a lane when approaching an emergency vehicle.

Channel 2 Action News reported that Seslar was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

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