A Tennessee man was killed early Sunday morning after his vehicle was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 75 in Dooly County.
About 4 a.m., Esteban Layden, 62, of Clarksville, was driving a converted school bus in the southbound, right lane of I-75 just north of Vienna, said Sgt. Jon Posey of the Georgia State Patrol in Cordele.
“(Layden) was hauling vehicle parts in the back (of the bus),” Posey said.
Bobby Gaines, 71, of Goldston, N.C. was driving a tractor-trailer in the same lane. The truck ran into the rear of the bus pushing it off the road, and the bus hit a tree head on.
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Layden was extricated from the bus and pronounced dead at the scene, Posey said.
The truck was hauling loose potatoes, Posey said. Gaines was treated at the scene for a minor head injury.
Both drivers were wearing their seat belts, Posey said.
“The truck driver said he saw the bus, but he came up on it quicker than he thought,” he said.
The wreck is being investigated by Senior Trooper Brian Jobe. No charges had been filed by Sunday afternoon, Posey said.