Elderly Griffin man killed in Thursday morning wreck


According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, at 8:57 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, deputies with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office along with the Griffin Post of the Georgia State Patrol responded to a report of a traffic crash involving a tractor-trailer and pickup truck at the North Expressway and Birdie Road.

Spalding County Deputy John Attaway was on a traffic stop in the area and witnessed the collision.

A tractor trailer was traveling northbound on the North Expressway and collided with a pickup truck traveling east bound on Birdie Road.

Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster determined that the driver of the pickup was deceased at the scene.

After the notification of family, the driver of the pickup truck has been identified as 72-year-old William Chandler of a Hardy Road address in Griffin.

A female passenger in the pickup truck was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center where her

condition is unknown at this time.

The driver of the tractor trailer was identified as Romo Nicolasa, of Los Angeles.

The traffic crash is being investigated by members of the Griffin Post of the Georgia State



  1. Allison Burley says:

    It’s hard to find such loving and Godly people as Bill and Hettie Chandler. They did most things together and were very active in their Methodist church in Hampton. I’ve known them for many years and it has been a real blessing. Please pray for their children and grandchildren who will miss them so much.

  2. Gary Gerhold says:

    My wife and I both worked with Bill and Hettie Chandler at the JCPenney Catalog Distribution Center in Forest Park. This is a horrible tragedy and they will be missed.

  3. I witnessed this accident. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it ever since. Prayers for everyone involved.

  4. Prayers for all involved. I came up on the wreck and have been praying for them since.

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