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Truck driver killed in I-20 crash

CAMAK, Ga. - Authorities still have not released the name of a truck driver who was killed when his big rig left the roadway of Interstate 20 and crashed in a wooded area Wednesday morning.

Warren County Coroner Paul Lowe said the man was apparently killed instantly after being ejected from the cab of the truck. An autopsy was scheduled to be performed at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Augusta later Wednesday to determine the exact cause of death, Coroner Lowe said.

Sgt. First Class Jason Johnson, post commander of the Georgia State Patrol Post in Thomson, said the wreck is believed to have occurred sometime between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.

"That's just speculation," Sgt. Johnson said.

Warren County Sheriff's Deputy Sammy Purvis was dispatched to the scene of the crash, located near the 165 Camak Exit, about 6:20 a.m. Deputy Purvis searched the area when he arrived to find the driver. Deputy Purvis said he found the trucker's body about 20 yards in front of the demolished cab.

Sgt. Johnson, along with Troopers First Class Steve Shelton and Rich Fischel, were continuing their investigation of the fatal crash at noon.

Web posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2008

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