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Interstate crash claims three

BARNETT, Ga. --- A head-on collision involving a car and pickup claimed the lives of two men and a woman on Interstate 20 in Warren County on Saturday night.

Coroner Paul Lowe identified the victims as 68-year-old Robert M. Rowell, of the 3900 block of Loblolly Trail, Martinez; along with Alan William Dick, 63, and his wife, Leah Tatum Dick, 57, who had residences in both Martinez and Atlanta.

Mr. Lowe said Mr. Rowell was airlifted by helicopter to Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta after the crash, but died at 7:39 p.m. Mr. Rowell, along with Mr. and Mrs. Dick, died from blunt force trauma, the coroner said.

Authorities spent most of the day Sunday attempting to contact relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Dick.

Trooper Willie Ramsey of the Georgia State Patrol post in Thomson said that Mr. Dick, driving a Toyota Avalon, was traveling westbound near mile marker 155 when the car veered across the median and into the path of Mr. Rowell, who was driving a 2008 Dodge pickup.

The crash occurred about 6 p.m.

Trooper Ramsey was assisted in investigating the crash by Senior Trooper John Freeman, Trooper Patrick Prosser and Sgt. First Class Jason Johnson, who serves as the Georgia State Patrol post commander in Thomson. Trooper First Class Mike Callaway conferred with investigating troopers at the scene via telephone.

Personnel with Warren County Emergency Medical Services, along with firefighters/first responders also were called to the scene -- described by Mr. Lowe as one of the worst wrecks he's seen in a number of years in Warren County.

Mr. Rowell, a retiree and part-time deliveryman for Elder Care of Augusta, was returning home from a delivery of medicines to a nursing home in Union Point, Mr. Lowe said.

Mr. Dick, also a retiree, was driving his wife back to their Atlanta home so she could return to work at the state capitol on Monday, Mr. Lowe said. Mrs. Dick worked as an administrative assistant to two state senators, Ralph Hudgins and John Bullock, the coroner added.

Mrs. Dick also had worked with state Rep. Ben Harbin, and former state legislators Joey Brush and Robin Williams.

Web posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009

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