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Man dies after crashing into semi truck

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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

MITCHELL COUNTY, GA (WALB) - A wreck involving a semi truck left one man dead in Mitchell County. It happened in Hopeful near Camilla around 10:30 Friday night.

WALB News Ten's Tayleigh Davis spoke with friends who had just seen the victim earlier that day. They say he was on the way to their house when he died. 

"The only thing I can say is it's devastating and it's shocking," said Crystal Yates who knew Lewis.

Yates and her sister are still at a loss for words after they saw Carlton Lewis' Ford pickup truck tangled at a paint and body shop lot. Yates says Lewis, also known as Suncoast, had just gotten off work near Bainbridge when he was heading to her sister's house in Camilla.

An employee at Hopeful Truck Ice says the driver of the semi was pulling out heading north on Highway 97 when the driver of the truck hit the back of the tractor trailer.

This is a busy time for Hopeful Truck Ice. Employees say trucks cycle through all day with loads of crops. One worker sprays ice on sweet corn to keep it from drying out on the road. With trucks coming and going, it's one more reason for people to pay extra attention on this road.

"I really don't want to talk about it anymore. It really gets to me the more I think about it," Yates said.  

Witnesses say it took more than an hour to cut Lewis out of the truck. He died on the way to the hospital. As friends take one last look at his truck, they'll try to remember Lewis the way they saw him just hours before the accident.  No charges have been filed.  GSP is still investigating the wreck.

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