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Coroner's office gets tips on crash victims' identities


Officials with the Richmond County Coroner's Office said Saturday that they had received a few leads about the three people killed Friday in a fiery three-vehicle crash. Positive identifications, though, are still not expected for about two weeks, Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald said.

On Saturday, the office was gathering medical and dental records to be forwarded to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab in Atlanta.

The wreck occurred at about 11 a.m. Friday in the 3800 block of Mike Padgett Highway. According to authorities, the driver of a car traveling north lost control, veered into another lane and was hit by a dump truck. The car then went into the southbound lanes and was broadsided by a tanker truck. Officials have said the bodies were so badly burned that DNA testing will be needed to identify them.

Augusta representative is named to committee

State Rep. Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta, has been named to the House Study Committee on the Future of Manufacturing in Georgia by House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram.

The committee is charged with studying the conditions, needs and issues surrounding ways to bring new manufacturing jobs to Georgia.

New garbage containers with logo to be delivered

Residents in parts of west and south Augusta will wake up to new garbage containers Monday morning.

Workers will begin delivering new containers with the county logo Monday.

Those who receive the containers should place the old, empty containers on the curb.