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Man dies after slamming into back of a tractor-trailer that stopped on I-75

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A 66-year-old man had to be cut from his wrecked vehicle after he slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer that suddenly stopped on I-75 Wednesday morning in Bibb County. He did not survive his injuries, officials said.

The incident, which happened shortly after 9:50 a.m. on I-75, just south of Hartley Bridge Road, forced the shutdown of all lanes on the interstate for almost three hours, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said 39-year-old Aaron Demound, of Florida, was traveling north on the interstate when the crash happened.

“It was reported that the tractor-trailer had a mechanical failure, causing the vehicle to stop in the lane, next to the far left lane of the interstate,” the sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Randy Gonzalez said. He did not provide any additional details on what caused the mechanical failure.

The 66-year-old Linwood Gantt, Jr. was driving a white GMC 2500 behind the tractor-trailer when he crashed into the stopped 18-wheeler, Gonzalez said. Gantt was extricated from the vehicle and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead by hospital doctors, Gonzalez said.

All lanes of the interstate were re-opened at around 12:30 p.m., deputies said. It’s unclear what caused the vehicle to malfunction and deputies said the investigation is still on-going. No other injuries were reported from the incident and it's unclear if any charges will be filed.

Anyone with information in reference to this deadly wreck is urged to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and asked to leave a message for the on call investigator.