Originally created 12/19/06

Across Georgia



Single-engine plane crashes into pasture

HOSCHTON - A single-engine airplane made a crash landing into a cow pasture when its engine stalled, but the pilot and his 12-year-old son walked away from the crash Sunday.

The plane had taken off from the Winder-Barrow Airport.

Marie Stewart said she saw a small plane coming out of the sky too quickly. She said she watched as the plane tried to land in the cow pasture behind her house, touch down on a terrace in a field and then bounce and land upside down.

"It made a loud crunching when it landed," Ms. Stewart said. "When I saw that plane upside down like that, I was sure someone had died in the crash."

She hung up the phone and called 911, then yelled to her husband, Carl, that a plane had crashed in the field.

Mr. Stewart met up with some of their neighbors outside, and they went to the plane, where they found the plane's occupants bruised and shaken, but conscious.

Man dies in accident at construction site

BUFORD - A 21-year-old man was killed Monday in a construction accident after a support cable snapped on an excavator driven by his brother.

Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's Office investigator Ray Rawlins said that Oscar Velasco, of Lawrenceville, died of blunt force trauma to the neck and head, causing a broken neck. Mr. Rawlins said Mr. Velasco was helping to install a sewage system for a new subdivision and was loading a trench box onto a track hoe.

The trench box weighs about half a ton, and the cables were up to 100 pounds, Mr. Rawlins said.

As his brother, Raul Velasco, lifted the trench box, one of the cables came off, striking Oscar Velasco on the base of his head and wrapping around his neck.

The incident is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Thieves use truck to break into Walgreens

ATLANTA - After thieves crashed their way into three Walgreens stores in metro Atlanta and broke into bank machines in recent weeks, the company decided to remove all the cash from the ATMs.

Bandits who used a stolen truck early Monday to force open the front doors of a Walgreens in Cobb County apparently didn't get the message, though.

Police were alerted shortly before 4 a.m. by a burglar alarm from the Walgreens in Marietta. They found a stolen pickup had been backed through the front door of the business, according to the Cobb County Department of Public Safety.

Just outside the front door was an ATM which had been broken into. But like all the ATMs in 88 Walgreens between Rome and Macon, it recently had been emptied of cash.

- Edited from wire reports