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Victim identified in fatal rollover crash caused by merging vehicle 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.

A Cordele man was killed Thursday morning in a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 75 North in Perry.

Charles Lewis Posey, 69, was pronounced dead on the scene by Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin.

Posey was in the center lane of the interstate as a Chevrolet Cobalt entered at the on-ramp at exit 135.

The Cobalt driver merged into Posey’s lane, causing his Chevrolet Tahoe to hit a Chevrolet Silverado pickup in the left lane, Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Michael Strickland said.

The Silverado, which was pulling a trailer carrying another Chevy pickup, hit the guardrail and the Tahoe flipped over at least once, Strickland said.

Traffic backed up for miles as vehicles could only creep by on the right shoulder of the highway for nearly three hours before the wrecked vehicles were cleared.

Hattie Harris lives on Julianne Street, which parallels the interstate for a stretch near the old Gerogia State Patrol Post.

She heard about the fatal crash and came outside with her granddaughter.

“Accidents happen here all the time,” Harris said as she looked through the fence to see what had happened.

She pointed out shinier sections of chain link that have been replaced after other accidents.

“They are more prevalent in this area. Is it cursed?” Harris asked. “I’m afraid to drive on the interstate. I don’t even drive on it.”

No charges were immediately filed, but alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, according to the preliminary report.

The Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating the collision.

Liz Fabian: 478-744-4303, @liz_lines

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