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Car changing lanes triggers fatal crash on I-75

Merging car causes fatal I-75 crash

Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Michael Strickland explains how a man was killed in a multi-vehicle crash Thursday, July 20, 2017, on I-75 in Perry.
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Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Michael Strickland explains how a man was killed in a multi-vehicle crash Thursday, July 20, 2017, on I-75 in Perry.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in a fatal crash that killed a man Thursday morning on Interstate 75 North in Perry, according to the Georgia State Patrol's preliminary report.

At about 10:40 a.m., a small car in the right lane moved toward the center lane and hit an SUV in that lane, which struck a Chevrolet pickup that was towing another pickup on a trailer in the left lane.

The SUV overturned, killing the driver just north of Exit 135 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.

The dead man's identity is being withheld until his family is notified, Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin said.

The pickup hit the guard rail and sustained major damage. The other vehicle only had minor damage.

Trooper First Class Michael Strickland is investigating the crash with help from the Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.

Only the emergency lane was open for nearly three hours as the wreckage was cleared.

One person is dead after a crash Thursday morning, July 20, 2017, on interstate 75 north near exit 135 in Perry. The Georgia State patrol is investigating the accident that blocked all northbound lanes of the busy highway in Houston County.

Liz Fabian: 478-744-4303, @liz_lines

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