Longtime Columbia County education employee killed in crash

A Grovetown man and longtime board of education employee was killed after losing control of a trailer he was towing, pushing him into oncoming traffic where he collided with an oncoming truck.

 

Police said Larry Curry, 57, was traveling east on Columbia Road in a maintenance work truck when the trailer started to sway, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. Curry went into oncoming traffic and struck an Orica Ammonium Nitrate carrier on Columbia Road at the entrance to the Dogwood Rock Quarry, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Maj. Steve Morris.

Authorities temporarily closed Columbia Road due to the possibility of a chemical leak but fire services personnel reopened the road after finding none.

Curry was trapped inside the vehicle and pronounced dead at 2:20 p.m., according to Coroner Vernon Collins, who added that Curry likely died from blunt force trauma.

School supertendent Dr. Sandra Carraway confirmed Curry’s employment of 34 years with the school system.

“Larry Curry was part of our Facilities Maintenance and Operations family as shop support for more than 34 years, providing services to all of our schools and offices,” Carraway said. “He was loved by all who knew him. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family now and in the days to come.”

Morris said no charges have been filed in the crash.

 

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