Truck driver killed in McDuffie County

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 12:03 PM
Last updated 6:24 PM
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A Louisville, Ga., man was killed in McDuffie County on Monday night when his tractor-trailer collided with a similar vehicle.

Authorities identified him as Jason Wright, 40.

Police said the accident occurred about 10:40 p.m. when Aniel Ortiz Bofill, 28, ran the stop sign at the intersection of the Thomson Bypass and Wrens Highway. Bofill’s semi was then hit by an approaching tractor-trailer, killing Wright.

It is the intersection’s third fatal accident since the bypass was completed about four years ago.

According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper David Osborne, Bofill ran the stop sign and was hit on the right side by the southbound semi.

Trooper Steve Shelton said Wright was killed on impact. Bofill walked away from the accident. He was taken by ambulance to University Hospital McDuffie with minor injuries.

On Tuesday morning, firefighters from McDuffie County Fire Rescue along with Department of Transportation workers were at the crash site clearing oil and hazardous debris.

Shelton said charges are pending and the state patrol’s specialized collision reconstruction team was called in to investigate.

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aninsider 08/12/14 - 02:05 pm
4 accidents?

This might be the 4th since the bypass was built but there is a very long history of fatal crashes at that intersection. It has been made worse with the bypass because if you aren't familiar with the area, it is very easy to not recognize that cross traffic doesn't stop at that intersection. In fact, upgrading and widening the road in such a very dark area, makes it very difficult to even see the stop sign. So very sad for all the families.

Citm10 08/14/14 - 04:04 pm
How many fatalities must

How many fatalities must occur before the DOT does something? That's ridiculous. It's a very dangerous intersection.

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