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Update: Interstate wreck kills semi driver

February 7, 2008

Ashburn --  The driver of a semi truck, 63-year-old Robert Jess Harrison of Moore, S.C., was killed instantly when his truck slammed into a concrete barrier.

Around 12:45AM, witnesses dialed 911 to report that the semi was driving erratically in the northbound lane of I-75 near the seventy-two mile marker.

Fifteen minutes later, Harrison's semi left the northbound land of I-75, crossed the median, and began traveling into on-coming traffic in the south-bound lane, and crashed head-on into a concrete barrier.

The impact from that crash caused the semi's fuel tank to rupture and explode.

It was around that same time that a driver and passenger traveling in a red SUV in the southbound lane crashed into the right side of the semi's trailer.

The young woman and man in the SUV were transported to Tift Regional Medical Center.  Their injuries and names are unknown at this time.

Ashburn Police Chief Bryant McCard doesn't believe alcohol was involved in the accident.

The coroner says he'll have to wait for the toxicology report to come back form the crime lab in either Macon or Atlanta to determine why Harrison was driving erratically.

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