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Coroner: Log truck driver dies after accident in east Macon

One man is dead after a two-vehicle accident involving a log truck on Shurling Drive in east Macon Friday morning/Ronshad Berry (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- One man is dead after a two-vehicle accident involving a log truck on Shurling Drive in east Macon Friday morning.

According to BSO, it happened just after 7 a.m. in the 2500 block of Shurling Drive, across from the St. Paul AME Church. Coroner Leon Jones says the driver of the log truck -- identified as Andrew Willis, 47, of Macon -- died at 8:13 a.m. at the hospital.

BSO says according to witness statements, a 2018 Mack Tractor Trailer and a 2010 Ford Focus were both traveling north on Shurling Drive.

The tractor trailer began to move over into the left lane, almost striking the Ford Focus. As they continued north, the Focus moved to the center lane of travel in an attempt to avoid being struck by the tractor trailer.

BSO says the tractor trailer continued to move into the left lane and then into the center lane -- hitting the Ford Focus, causing the vehicle to spin out of control and into the south bound lanes. The tractor trailer continued to move across the south bound lanes and into a wooded area, just off of the roadway.

The Ford Focus driver was transported to the Coliseuim Health Center to receive treatment for minor injuries, BSO says.

The driver of the tractor trailer was also transported to the Coliseum Health Center where he was pronounced dead at the hospital. Traffic Investigators believe that the tractor trailer driver suffered a medical emergency while driving.

An autopsy will need to be performed to determine the cause of death, BSO says.

The accident is under investigation.


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