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Two men killed in dune buggy mishap

WARRENTON - Two men were killed Saturday night after the dune buggy they were in spun out of control, slid through a barb wire fence and then slammed into an oak tree on Gunn Road.

Warren County Coroner Paul Lowe identified the victims as Samuel Wayne Fulbright, 57, of Thomson and Larry Olin Thigpen, 60, of Camak.

Both men are believed to have died instantly from blunt force trauma, Coroner Lowe said. They were pronounced dead at the scene at 8:27 p.m.

An autopsy was scheduled to be performed on Sunday at the Georgia State Crime Lab in Augusta to determine the exact cause of death. Results of the autopsies are pending.

Both men were well-known businessmen in the Thomson/Warrenton area.

Passersby notified Warren County authorities of the accident.

Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Jason Johnson of the Thomson post said Mr. Thigpen was the driver of the recreational vehicle, which had been traveling eastbound on Gunn Road when he lost control while rounding a curve.

Senior Trooper John Freeman said after Mr. Thigpen lost control, he traveled 118 feet before striking a mailbox, then another 47 feet before striking a barb wire fence and another 10 feet before slamming into a tree.

A portion of Gunn Road was blocked off for more than two hours while medical personnel with the Warren County Emergency Medical Services removed the bodies of the two men from the wreckage. Deputies with the Warren County Sheriff's Department assisted troopers with traffic control.

Mr. Fulbright, former owner and operator of Fulbright Heating and Air for more than 30 years in Thomson also was owner of Fulbright Rental Properties Inc.

Mr. Thigpen, meanwhile, was retired from CSX Railroad and helped his wife operate Terry's Tavern and Restaurant in Camak.

Funeral services for both men were held on Wednesday at Beggs Funeral Home in Thomson.

Web posted on Thursday, September 27, 2007

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