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Claxton man killed in single vehicle crash
Georgia State Patrol: Driver possibly "fell asleep or was distracted"
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A Claxton man was killed in a single vehicle crash Tuesday morning on Highway 301 South near Ephesus Church Road.

Neighbors reported hearing a loud noise around 1 a.m., but Georgia State Patrol received a call about the wreck around 3:45 a.m., said Trooper Tyler Rickman.

William Nicholas Rogers, 21, of South Claxton Avenue in Claxton, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe when he possibly "fell asleep or was distracted" and left the roadway, traveling about 400 feet before striking a culvert. The Tahoe became airborne, flipped several times and landed with Rogers "partially ejected and trapped," Rickman said. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Rogers was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the accident and blood test results are pending, Rickman said.