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Florida teen killed when truck wrecks near Perry

An 18-year-old Florida woman died in a wreck on Interstate 75 Sunday afternoon that tied up traffic for hours.

Sgt. Leamon Hughes of the Georgia State Patrol said the woman was driving a large GMC truck on Interstate 75 North near Perry when her front right tire veered off the road while traveling in the outside lane. She then corrected the truck, which was connected to a camper trailer, which went over into the middle lane.

She overcorrected again, which eventually led to the camper trailer flipping twice. The accident happened between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. near mile marker 135 and led to traffic being interrupted on I-75 for at least six hours. The wreck initially led to all three lanes being closed, with one being reopened about 3:30 p.m. Traffic wasn’t clear until about 9 p.m.

Hughes said the woman’s name could not be released because her family had not been contacted.

To contact writer Natasha Smith, call 923-3109, extension 236.

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