A man who survived a collision with an 18-wheeler Monday died minutes later when a second big rig slammed into him.
Nicolas Derrick McCloud, 21, of University Drive in Savannah, struck the rear end of a 2001 Freightliner around 5 p.m. Monday as both he and the truck driver, Phillip Jones, 24, of Montrose, traveled east on Interstate 16 near mile marker 114, according to Georgia State Patrol reports.
After impact, McCloud’s 2007 Mercury flipped and landed upside down in the left eastbound lane. He escaped the car and was standing in the median when another 18-wheeler approached the wreck, reports state.
The driver of the second truck, Larry Josh Claxton, 54, of Swainsboro, said he saw the overturned car in his lane of travel and swerved into the median to avoid striking the car. He struck McCloud, killing him instantly, according to initial reports.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper Trey Miller responded to the scene and is investigating both accidents. Reports are incomplete and the investigation is ongoing.
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