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Posted: July 6, 2009 4:54 p.m.

Two people die on Newton County roads during holiday weekend

Names of deceased currently being withheld

Two people lost their life in Newton County over the holiday weekend, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell.

Both accidents occurred early July 5. The first accident happened just before 3 a.m. Deputies from the NCSO responded to a call of a vehicle accident with a possible fatality on Access Road at Old Oxford. When they arrived they found that a car and a motorcycle had collided. The driver of the motorcycle, a man in his mid-forties whose name is currently being withheld by the NCSO, was pronounced dead on the scene.

The second accident occurred between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Interstate 20 west at the U.S. Highway 278 exit on the Newton/Walton County line. Deputies arrived to find Ford F-150 and a Dodge van had collided on the westbound side of the interstate and both vehicles had overturned. The occupant of the Ford F-150 died as a result of his injuries. The driver's identity is being withheld at this time as well.

Troopers from the Georgia State Patrol are working both fatalities. According to the GSP's Web site the July Fourth holiday travel period ended Sunday night with 20 traffic deaths reported across Georgia from 17 fatal crashes. There were 2,490 crashes overall that resulted in 682 injuries. The 78-hour holiday period began Thursday at 6 p.m. and ended at midnight Sunday.

Check back at www.covnews.com and in Wednesdays edition of The Covington News for the full story as it becomes available.




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