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Warrenton man killed in truck crash

A Warren County man is believed to have been killed instantly when he lost control of his pickup on Mount Pleasant Road near Thomson on Monday night, authorities say.

McDuffie County Coroner Rhusha Mack identified the man as James Blackmon, 56, of the 3200 block of Ricketson Road, Warrenton.

Mr. Blackmon, who was not wearing a seat belt, died from blunt force trauma to the chest, Mr. Mack said.

Trooper First Class Jason Cunningham, of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown, said Mr. Blackmon had been traveling south in a Toyota Tacoma when he left the west shoulder of the roadway.

The driver then lost control, over-corrected and traveled across the eastbound lane before he struck an embankment and overturned at least twice, Trooper Cunningham said.

Mr. Blackmon, who worked for Spirit Aviation in Greensboro, Ga., was married to Linda Hughes, who along with her father, George Otis Hughes, own Hughes' Furniture in Thomson.

The couple has two daughters.

Before being transferred to work at the airport in Greene County, Mr. Blackmon worked for Spirit Aviation at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport near Thomson.

Funeral services were incomplete as of press time

Web posted on Thursday, December 23, 2010

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