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DA unhurt in blow-out crash
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Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Durden crashed his 2006 Ford Crown Victoria into a fence off Highway 196 in Gum Branch while on his way to work Monday morning.
Sgt. Bruce DeLoach of the Georgia State Patrol said the right rear tire of Durden’s car blew, causing the district attorney to run off the road and into a fence. Durden was not injured.
“He was on 196 eastbound coming from Glennville into Hinesville,” DeLoach said. The trooper said Durden was “on a sweeping curve” in the road when the tire blew.
“He rode it out at 327-feet on the shoulder of the road before the car turned sideways (counter clockwise) and traveled 76 feet across the road,” DeLoach said. The car then entered the northbound shoulder of the road where it traveled 44 feet before crashing into a cyclone fence, he continued.
The trooper said alcohol was not a factor in the accident, adding the driver of the car traveling behind Durden stated she saw the tire blow.
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