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Trucks collide on interstate

Wrecker and salvage crews and police work in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 at about the 165-mile marker at about 7 a.m. Tuesday. The lanes were blocked at about 3 a.m. when an eastbound tractor-trailer stopped in the right lane; the driver said the truck stalled. The driver of an eastbouind panel truck was unable to avoid hitting the stopped truck. Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Ben Rollins said there were no serious injuries, "believe it or not." Eastbound traffic was diverted to Georgia Highway 80 at the Camak-Warrenton exit. Jon Clements drove the panel truck owned by Augusta Delivery Service. He suffered a minor head injury. Company safety director Vernon Collins, who also is Columbia County coroner, said Clements would have been ejected from the truck if he had not been wearing his seat belt. "It's a miracle he wasn't killed," Collins said. Junior Henry, the driver of the Reinhart Food Service tractor-trailer from Austenn, Ga., said he had a headache after the wreck. Diverted traffic stacked up in Thomson during the morning drive.

Web posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011

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