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GSP: Two fatal crashes reported on Ga. 36

COVINGTON — Two fatal crashes were reported along Ga. Highway 36 in Newton County this week.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, 49-year-old Roy H. Huffman of Jackson was killed in a wreck Tuesday around 10:35 p.m. Huffman was traveling north on Ga. 36 when his truck crossed the center line and struck a tractor-trailer in the left side. The tractor-trailer traveled down an embankment and overturned, landing on its right side.

“The driver was trapped, but uninjured,” said James Moore with the GSP.

Firefighters were called to the scene and had to break the front window to extricate him.

Huffman was partially ejected from his truck and pronounced dead at the scene, Moore said.

Around 6:25 p.m. Wednesday, another fatal wreck occurred on Ga. 36 south of Henderson Mill Road.

A Nissan Altima driven by Christopher Dylan Williams, 18, also of Jackson, was traveling southbound on Ga. 36 when his car crossed the center line. The front end of the Altima struck the rear driver’s side of a northbound Mazda 5 SUV.

“The impact caused the Mazda 5 to overturn and come to a rest in the southbound lane,” the GSP reported. “After impact with the Mazda, the Nissan Altima continued south in the northbound lane until it struck a Dodge Ram head-on in the northbound lane.”

Williams was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the Mazda was transported by Newton EMS to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Moore stated. The three occupants of the Dodge Ram were uninjured.

Both lanes of Ga. 36 were shut down for approximately two hours Wednesday.

The GSP said no alcohol or drugs are suspected to have been involved in the wreck and no charges will be filed.