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Driver running red light causes crash Thursday

A crash on Washington Road at I-20 held up traffic for about one hour Thursday morning near Thomson.

Sixty-three-year-old Larry Riley of Athens was driving South on Washington Road when he failed to stop at a red light and struck a tractor trailer rig being driven by Eddie Washington of Waynesboro. The front tires on the left side of the trailer rig ran over the front of the Mr. Riley's Ford Taurus, which got lodged under the trailer just shy of the back tires.

Mr. Washington said he was thankful that he had been sitting at the red light and was just starting out when it turned green. Because he wasn't traveling too fast, there were no serious injuries.

Both air bags of the Taurus deployed, and the driver was taken by McDuffie Ambulance Service to McDuffie Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Mr. Riley had his dog with him.

"I've been in EMS for 36 years, and this is the first time I had to transport a patient and a dog," EMT Betty Roberts said.

Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Steve Shelton said Mr. Riley was found at fault for running the red light.



Web posted on Thursday, October 29, 2009













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