Man dies in McDuffie wreck

THOMSON - A Warrenton, Ga., man was apparently killed instantly when he lost control of his pickup truck today on Mount Pleasant Road, authorities say.

McDuffie County Coroner Rhusha Mack identified the man as James Blackmon, 56, of the 3200 block of Ricketson Road, Warrenton. The victim, who was not wearing a seat belt, died from blunt force trauma to the chest, Mack said.

Trooper First Class Jason Cunningham of the Georgia State Patrol's Grovetown post said Blackmon had been traveling south in a Toyota Tacoma when for unknown reasons he left the west shoulder. The driver then lost control, over-corrected and traveled across the eastbound lane before striking an embankment and overturning at least twice about 5:30 p.m.

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