Driver, 76, killed after load on tractor-trailer shifts in Gwinnett

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Driver impaled after load on semitrailer shifts in Gwinnett

A driver was killed Tuesday after the load on his tractor-trailer shifted in Gwinnett County, according to police.

William Turnage, 76, of Columbus, was killed in the single-vehicle accident on West Main Street near Knollwood Drive, Snellville police said in a statement to AJC.com. He was the only person in the tractor-trailer.

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The fatal crash was on West Main Street near Knollwood Drive in Snellville.

The fatal crash was on West Main Street near Knollwood Drive in Snellville.
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The fatal crash was on West Main Street near Knollwood Drive in Snellville.

“The initial investigation has indicated that the vehicle’s load shifted, and the load went through the cab of the tractor-trailer,” police said in the statement.

Authorities have not specified if Turnage was hit by the load or if the commotion in the cab forced him to crash.

“The investigation is still ongoing, and no additional details will be provided at this time,” police said.

Motorists were urged to avoid West Main Street near Knollwood Drive due to the accident investigation. All lanes have since reopened.

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The family who lives there say it is not safe to go back inside.