Originally created 04/08/06

Driver killed in wreck downtown



An Augusta man driving a tractor-trailer that crashed into a utility pole and trees in downtown Augusta died Friday afternoon, authorities said.

Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Richard Weaver identified the man as Edward Wayne Davis, 47, of Cadden Road.

Maj. Weaver said Mr. Davis was pronounced dead at 3:23 p.m. at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. An autopsy at a Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab will be performed to determine the cause of the death, the major said.

Cpl. Vincent Washington said the accident happened at about 2:30 p.m. Friday in the 500 block of Reynolds Street, behind Augusta Museum of History.

Mr. Davis' truck, owned by xpedx, a division of International Paper, was traveling west in the left lane when he lost control and crossed the eastbound lanes.

Maj. Weaver said Mr. Davis sideswiped one tree, struck a utility pole and then knocked down another tree before the vehicle stopped. Police were not sure Friday why Mr. Davis lost control of the tractor-trailer.

While investigating the wreck, sheriff's deputies diverted eastbound traffic on Reynolds Street onto Sixth Street but allowed westbound traffic to continue toward 13th Street.

Traffic returned to normal by early Friday evening.

Reach Jeremy Craig at (706) 823-3409 or jeremy.craig@augustachronicle.com.