Grovetown man killed in morning wreck on Bobby Jones Expressway

ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
Friday, July 13, 2012 10:37 AM
Last updated 8:39 PM
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A Grovetown man was killed when he lost control of his pickup truck and hit a tractor-trailer carrying diesel fuel shortly before 10 a.m. Friday on Bobby Jones Expressway.

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Authorities respond to a head-on collision on Bobby Jones Expressway. A Grovetown man was killed when he lost control of his pickup truck and hit a tractor-trailer carrying diesel fuel shortly Friday.  ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
Authorities respond to a head-on collision on Bobby Jones Expressway. A Grovetown man was killed when he lost control of his pickup truck and hit a tractor-trailer carrying diesel fuel shortly Friday.

Taylor Durrence, 19, was exiting Deans Bridge Road southbound onto Bobby Jones Expressway when he lost control of his Nissan Frontier on the exit ramp, crossed the center median of Bobby Jones and hit the eastbound tractor-trailer head-on, Richmond County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said.

“Speed appears to be a contributing factor,” Gay said. “The ground was a little bit wet from a shower, but we have several witnesses that said he was going at a high rate of speed.”

The diesel fuel tank ruptured, spilling a “significant amount” of fuel, Gay said.

Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said Durrence was killed instantly. He was pronounced dead at 10:15 a.m.

An SUV traveling eastbound on Bobby Jones Expressway crashed while trying to avoid the accident, but no one in the vehicle was injured, Gay said. The tractor-trailer driver was not injured but was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for evaluation.

One lane of eastbound Bobby Jones Expressway at the Deans Bridge Road exit was closed as crews cleaned up spilled fuel. The lane was opened in the early afternoon, Gay said.

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rodericksmith
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rodericksmith 07/13/12 - 11:28 am
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morning wreck

who was the service that flipped the tractor and trailer back over ?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/13/12 - 01:43 pm
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That interchange is awful

I'm surprised that aren't far more accidents given the amount of high-speed traffic and short entrance lengths for traffic entering the BJE from the circular on-ramps.

washi73
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washi73 07/13/12 - 12:35 pm
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tragic accident

we was right behind the truck that has the fatality. he was speeding and lost control of his truck and hit the 18 wheeler head on by going thru the median. the 18 wheelers tires came off and caused the 3rd car to wreck on the side of the road. the 18 wheeler did not get turned over just injured and just a awful site to see that a person lost his life. i hope the man in the roadway truck will be ok, my fiance is the one along with another man, that removed the truck driver (18 wheeler) from out of the rig due to all the gas/diesl pouring from his truck. prayers for the families that are injured and the one deceased.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/13/12 - 06:52 pm
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My sadness for the
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family is tremendous. Some how young people have to realize that they are not IMMORTAL and have to do due diligence in all risky activities.

moonlighter6
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moonlighter6 07/14/12 - 12:19 am
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"washi73", thanks for sharing
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Young or old, male or female, in a split-second life is over. The accident specifics are insignificant in the interim. My deepest condolences to Taylor's family and friends and to all involved in this tragic accident.

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