Driver killed by falling tree on I-20 identified

A tree fell onto a man’s truck and killed him while he was driving on I-20 in Douglas County on Sept. 26, officials said.

He was identified Wednesday as Thomas Hawkins, 69, of Jonesboro, the Douglasville Police Department said.

Hawkins was traveling west in a pickup about 10:30 a.m. when the tree fell, Douglasville police Lt. Mark Edwards told He was found dead when officers arrived on the scene. No other vehicles were affected.


The tree, likely a pine tree, fell directly across the cab of the truck, Edwards said.

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One westbound lane and two eastbound lanes were closed while authorities investigated. The scene was cleared about 12:30 p.m.


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