truck driver hero

Artis Barnes, 66, the truck driver who was seriously injured on Jan. 16 in an early afternoon wreck at the corner of Highways 18 and 41, has a long road to recovery in front of him. Barnes swerved to avoid a 2019 Ford Edge that pulled in front of him, and his empty log truck crashed into a tree. A picture of the totaled truck was on the front page of the Jan. 22 Reporter.

Barnes was extricated and taken to Navicent Health in Macon. According to a close friend who has been staying with him, he is unable to walk and has little use of his hands but is recovering and getting stronger as he remains at the hospital while waiting for space at Warm Springs Rehabilitation Center for therapy. He reportedly is keeping a good attitude.

An individual who wishes to remain anonymous has opened an account to help Barnes with expenses at Robins Financial Credit Union in Forsyth as “Artis Barnes donation fund” and a PayPal account at artisbarnesdonationfund@mail.com. Everything donated will go directly to Barnes.

Barnes, who is from Barnesville, is an independent logger who depended on his truck for his livelihood. Among other jobs, he cut firewood for campsites at local parks.