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Road rage may have caused quadruple fatality on I-75

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By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Road rage may have led to last week's crash on 1-75 that killed four people.

50-year-old Douglas Jones was on the phone with Lowndes County 911, reporting the erratic driving of a Saturn SUV when that vehicle collided with his Honda Accord.

All four people in the SUV were killed when a Penske rental truck rear-ended it, causing an explosion.

Jones reported the driver of the SUV tried to run him off the road and kept getting in front of his vehicle and slamming on the brakes.

"There had been some minor confrontation between the two vehicles up the road earlier," says Sgt. Carl Taylor of the Georgia State Patrol.  "They had separated to some degree, according to what Mr. Jones said.  Right on about the time when this crash occurred, this vehicle appeared again, and at that point, was making some direct effort to stop his vehicle."

The driver of that SUV was 40-year-old Jerome Roberts of Midway, Kentucky.

Autopsy results from the state crime lab will reveal whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the tragedy.

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