Atlanta PD: Tractor and trailer recovered after hijacking

By Land Line staff | Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Police have recovered a tractor and trailer that were hijacked near an Atlanta railroad yard, but are still seeking two suspects who committed the heist and shot the truck’s driver in the head.

 The hijacking occurred at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, May 5, near the Norfolk Southern rail yard in northwest Atlanta, according to a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The trucker – 43-year-old Warren Hardie – reportedly told police he was stopped at a traffic light on Marietta Road near the rail yard, when two suspects armed with a handgun and a sledgehammer smashed out the window of his cab and forced him out of the vehicle, according to the paper’s report.

Hardie reportedly suffered a grazing bullet wound to his head while trying to fight the suspects. He is in stable condition in an area hospital.

The report states that police were able to use a GPS tracking device to locate the cab, which was abandoned in an elementary school parking lot in DeKalb County. The trailer was later found at a cemetery in south DeKalb County. Police said some, but not all, of the cargo of household goods was missing from the trailer.

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