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Trucker is cited for following too closely

DEARING, Ga. -- Local emergency personnel responded to a wreck between a van carrying several children and an empty log truck near the intersection of U.S. Highway 278 and Neal's Mill Road last Tuesday night.

Even though several children were aboard the van, none of them reportedly were injured, authorities said. Personnel from the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services along with firefighters/first responders with the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services responded to the 5:45 p.m. mishap.

Trooper Will Grier of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown identified the driver of a Chevrolet van as Tomeka Crawford, of the 100 block of Story Hill Extension, Warrenton. The driver of the 18-wheel log Freightliner truck was Milton Bell, of the 2100 block of Pope Street, Thomson.

The rear-end accident occurred when a vehicle slowed in front of the van, causing Ms. Crawford to apply brakes, Trooper Grier said. The truck driver was not able to stop in time and struck the rear of the van, he added.

The van sustained slight damages to the tail lights and right rear panel.

Mr. Bell was charged with following too close, Trooper Grier said.

The van is owned by Pediatric Services of American, Inc., while the log truck is owned by Bell Trucking Company of Thomson.

The log truck was inspected by an officer with the Georgia Department of Public Safety Motor Vehicle Compliance Division.

Web posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010

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