Saturday, March 26, 2005
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Clayton News Daily
By Ed Brock
A Florida driver went off the road on Interstate 675 and smashed into a bridge, causing a fire that burned the driver beyond recognition.
The driver was going north on I-675 around 2:30 p.m. Friday when the accident occurred, Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner said. It is unclear if the driver fell asleep or had a medical condition that caused the to pass out or possibly die at the wheel.
"It just appears that (the driver) veered off to the left side of the road," Turner said.
After leaving the road the Ford pickup truck traveled around 30 to 40 yards through the grassy median at what appeared to be high speed before colliding with the center support column of the bridge that carries Grant Road over I-675. Turner said there was no indication that the driver braked before impact and the soft mud in the center of the median did not slow the truck significantly.
The body was left in the charred truck for transportation to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation laboratory for an autopsy. Investigators still have to determine the gender of the driver and whether they died before the impact.
As police officers and firefighters worked the wreck below bystanders stopped on the Grant Road bridge to peer over the side at the action.
"I was coming home and we saw all the traffic," said 23-year-old Jason Weaver of Ellenwood.
Weaver said he saw a plume of black spoke coming from the accident.