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Reports: Man killed in 18-wheeler accident was talking on cell phone
Officials believe man pulled into path of truck hauling wood chips
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    A man killed Tuesday on U.S. 80 East is believed to have pulled into the path of an 18-wheeler hauling wood chips.
    While reports are still incomplete, Georgia State Patrol Trooper First-Class Trey Miller said 24-year-old Devin Owens Cassidy, of U.S. 80 East in Brooklet, was talking on a cell phone when the accident occurred. 
    Cassidy approached a stop sign at the intersection of U.S. 80 East and Arcola Road shortly after 10 a.m Tuesday. According to statements in reports from the other driver involved, Cassidy stopped, then turned left, pulling into the path of the semi truck driven by John C. Lockett, 52, of Statesboro.
    Lockett's truck, hauling wood chips for Wall's Timber, struck Cassidy's 2001 Ford Windstar on the driver's side, pushing it about 180 feet down the roadway before the van broke away and stopped. The 18-wheeler continued another 98 feet, overturned and skidded an additional 63 feet before stopping, Miller reported.
    Lockett told investigators he tried to avoid the van by veering around it, but could not avoid the collision.
    Lockett was reported as being uninjured. Cassidy was pronounced dead at the scene, said Bulloch County Corner Jake Futch. Cassidy had no passengers, according to GSP reports.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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