Fatal accident on I-75 South near Arkwright

lfabian@macon.comSeptember 10, 2013 

A 47-year-old Macon man died Tuesday after crashing his pickup into a bridge barrier on Interstate 75.

Alan Thomas Jones, of Timberlane Drive, had to be cut from the mangled cab of his Ford F-250 before he was rushed to the hospital.

He was pronounced dead at The Medical Center of Central Georgia at 12:01 p.m., said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones, no relation to the victim.

Bibb deputies are investigating the crash that happened shortly after 11 a.m. in the southbound lanes past Arkwright Road.

Lt. Sean DeFoe said it was initially unclear whether the incident was related to the construction zone.

Witnesses said the driver swerved from the right lane, across traffic and the left emergency lane, and hit head-on into the concrete barrier on the median side of the Sabbath Creek bridge, DeFoe said.

The driver was unresponsive when he was extricated from the pickup, but emergency medical technicians tried to save his life.

Drivers were slowing down as they passed the accident scene and almost stopping to take pictures, Bibb deputy Clay Williams said.

He urged drivers not to rubberneck, keep their eyes on the road and maintain traffic flow to avoid secondary accidents.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.


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