Victims killed in I-75 tractor trailer crash identified

7:18 AM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
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Three people were killed in the crash just before 2 a.m. Wednesday.

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The state patrol has identified the three men killed in an early Wednesday morning wreck involving two tractor trailers on Interstate 75 in Bartow County.

Killed were 43-year-old George Benjamin White of Hiram, 36-year-old Jermaine Duriel Smith of Douglasville and 58-year-old Hugh Bruce Duling III of Powder Springs.

White was the driver of the northbound truck that crossed the median and struck a concrete support pillar. Smith was a passenger in White's vehicle. Duling was the driver of the southbound tractor trailer that struck a support structure in the roadway brought down by White's truck.

The wreck affected traffic for more than 10 hours. State transportation officials say Interstate 75 was closed after the wreck early Wednesday morning. Authorities say the crash happened shortly before 2 a.m. in Bartow County, near exit 296 and the intersection of Cassville-White Road.

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