The tractor-trailer overturned Sunday about 12:30 p.m. in Forest Park.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Cops search for witnesses after tractor-trailer hauling bacon overturns, kills driver

Days after a tractor-trailer driver died when his vehicle overturned and spilled 40,000 pounds of bacon in Clayton County, police are asking for the public’s help.

Forest Park police are asking witnesses who have information about the cause of the crash or the driver’s death to contact Sgt. C. Hollowood at (404) 366-4141.

The wreck, which happened shortly after 12:30 p.m. Sunday, killed 47-year-old Antonio Smith, AJC.com previously reported. The tractor-trailer veered off Jonesboro Road, went over a retaining wall and rolled down an embankment before stopping near Tornado Car Wash in the Jonesboro Plaza.

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Antonio Smith
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Jonesboro Road was shut down for several hours for police to investigate and clean up the pork products.

A witness, Vielka Chavarria, previously told Channel 2 Action News it appeared the tractor-trailer was forced off the road when another vehicle cut in front of it. She saw a passenger car pull into the shopping center after the crash and then speed away.

"I think he tried to avoid the other car, and that’s when he lost control and rolled down," Chavarria said.

Three witnesses gave different accounts of the moments before the crash, and investigators told Channel 2 they are not ruling out foul play because the driver of the tractor-trailer had head trauma. 

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