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Heart attack kills driver, wreck knocks out utilities

Victim not identified

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POSTED: October 24, 2007 5:01 a.m.

Authorities said a 48-year-old Midway man, who was employed as a trucker at Lyons Trucking in Richmond Hill, died after suffering an apparent heart attack Tuesday while traveling southbound on Highway 17, inside Bryan County.

The man, whose name was not released Tuesday afternoon, veered off the road near the intersection of 17 and Clarktown Road, in front of a Parker’s convenience store, breaking a power line pole in half.

He died shortly after arriving at the hospital, according to Bryan County Sheriff's Office Capt. Mike Maxwell.

The accident, which occurred around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, caused a temporary power outage in the aera.

Bryan County EMS took the driver to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah.

A Lyons employee said the driver was headed to the trucking company, which was a few hundred feet from the accident site. Maxwell said the driver’s father, a fellow trucker, was driving a truck behind his son when the accident occurred.

A Coastal EMC employee at the scene said power would be out for an undetermined amount of time for residents from Daniel Siding Road to the Liberty County line as the power line was repaired. He said parts of Waterford Landing would also be without power. Comcast employees were also at the site as the pole carried their cable as well.

 “This could’ve been a whole lot worse,” Maxwell said. “If he would have veered left instead of right, he would’ve plowed head-on into oncoming traffic during rush hour

 

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