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Man, 51, thrown to his death after SUV flipped on I-20 in Cobb County

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A 51-year-old man was killed late Saturday night when he was ejected from his vehicle, which flipped after striking a tractor truck on I-20 in Cobb County.

But police said no charges are expected to be filed in the wreck.

The incident happened shortly after 10 p.m. eastbound on I-20, east of Factory Shoals Road in Austell, according to Cobb County police.

Investigators said a green 1994 Ford Explorer was travelling eastbound on I-20 in the left lane when for reasons unknown the driver failed to maintain his lane of travel.

“The Ford struck a 2006 International truck which was traveling in the next lane,” police spokesman Officer Mike Bowman said. “The impact forced the Ford towards the concrete jersey wall.”

The driver of the Ford then steered to the right, redirecting the vehicle in a southeasterly direction across the eastbound travel lanes.

“As the Ford continued, the driver steered to the left causing the vehicle to begin a counter-clockwise spin,” Officer Bowman said. “The vehicle tripped, became airborne and began to flip end over end coming to a final uncontrolled rest on its roof against the concrete jersey wall.”

The driver, Mr. Tommy l. Pierson, of Lawrenceville, was ejected during this collision, Officer Bowman said.

Neither the truck’s driver, Mr. James R. Carver, 23, nor his passenger, Mr. Richard N. Malphurs, 29, were injured in the wreck, he said. Both men are from Marietta.

Police said no charges are expected to be filed once the investigation is complete, Officer Bowman said.

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