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State troopers believe distracted driver caused fatal Thomson crash


What's left of a car lays crumpled beside Highway 17 in Thomson. Blood stains the seats and the rearview mirror and a hubcap were thrown about 20 feet away from the car when it collided with an 18 wheeler.

"This is one of the worst wrecks I've worked on," said Georgia State Trooper First Class Matthew MacDonald.

MacDonald says the fatal crash happened at 11 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Wire Road and Highway 17.

"A vehicle traveling west on Wire Road failed to stop for a stop sign, entered into the intersection was struck by a northbound tractor trailer," said MacDonald.

He says the 18 wheeler jackknifed and hit a white car which was also on Highway 17.

The McDuffie County coroner says the driver of the car that ran the stop sign was James Anthony Lucas Junior of Irmo, South Carolina. The coroner says the 43 year old was killed on impact.

"I always think about the family, that was somebody's son, possibly somebody's husband, maybe a brother," MacDonald, said.  

MacDonald believes Lucas drove in front of the semi truck because he was distracted by a camera.

MacDonald said, "He may have been reviewing pictures on his camera perhaps." MacDonald continued saying, "It's very likely that he was distracted, whether it was from the camera or from something else."

MacDonald says the woman who was driving the white car was taken to Georgia Regents University with several broken bones and she's in stable condition.

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