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Longtime county education employee killed in crash

Posted: August 17, 2017 - 3:44pm  |  Updated: August 17, 2017 - 3:48pm

A Grovetown man and longtime board of education employee was killed after losing control of a trailer he was hauling, pushing him into oncoming traffic where he collided with an oncoming truck.

Police said Larry Curry, 57, was traveling east on Columbia Road in a maintenance work truck when the trailer he was towing started to sway, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. Curry traveled into oncoming traffic and struck an Orica Ammonium Nitrate carrior on Columbia Road at the entrance to the Dogwood Rock Quarry, according to Columbia County sheriff's Maj. Steve Morris.

Authorities temporarily closed down Columbia Road due to the possibility that the chemicals were leaking from the ammonium nitrate truck, but fire services personnel confirmed the truck was not leaking and the road was reopened.

Curry was found trapped inside the vehicle and pronounced dead at 2:20 p.m., according to Coroner Vernon Collins, who added that Curry likely died from blunt force trauma.

School superintendent Dr. Sandra Carraway confirmed Curry's employment of 34 years with the county schools.

"Larry Curry was part of our Facilities Maintenance and Operations family as shop support for more than 34 years, providing services to all of our schools and offices," Carraway said. "He was loved by all who knew him. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family now and in the days to come."

Morris said no charges have been filed in the crash.

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