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Identity of soldier killed in crash released
head-on collision Hinesville
One man was killed and another was injured in a head-on collision Wednesday afternoon on East Oglehtorpe Highway in Hinesville. - photo by Lewis Levine

Police released the identity Thursday of a Fort Stewart soldier killed in a head-on collision Wednesday afternoon in Hinesville.

Brian Duke, 21, of Indiana, died after the wreck, which happened shortly before 6 p.m., after the Chevrolet Trailblazer he was driving drifted into the westbound lane of East Oglethorpe Highway and collided head-on with a Dodge Charger, Hinesville police Traffic Accident Investigator Officer Les Patton said Thursday. 

The driver of the Charger was transported to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. His condition wasn’t immediately known, Traffic Accident Investigator Lt. Bill Kirkendall said Wednesday.

Duke was initially going to be transported to Savannah by medical helicopter. But because of his condition, the helicopter was canceled, and he was transported to Liberty Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

This was the second vehicle fatality in a 24-hour period in Liberty County. 

On Tuesday, a Long County man was killed when his vehicle was struck from behind by a woman driving a Ford pickup truck while he attempted to make a left turn into Arnall Drive from Talmadge Road in Walthourville. The man was pushed into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer hauling logs. He was later pronounced dead at Liberty Regional.


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