Truck driver dies in Wilkinson wreck

Authorities have released the identity of the gravel truck driver killed in a Monday collision with a log truck in Wilkinson County.

Cedric Morrell Austin, 35, of Irwinton was driving a gravel truck eastbound on Georgia Highway 57 near mile marker 3 at about 1:10 p.m, while Roger Allen Brantley, 35, of Montrose, drove a loaded log truck westbound, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The two vehicles collided in a “sideswipe manner” causing the log truck to leave the road and overturn. The gravel truck traveled off the shoulder and struck a tree, according to the highway patrol.

Austin was killed and Brantley sustained minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending the outcome of the investigation, according to the highway patrol.