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Man killed in 316 wreck

DACULA - A Tuesday afternoon accident involving a pickup and a box truck on westbound Ga. Highway 316 resulted in the death of an unidentified man and the injury of a woman.

Information as to what injuries caused the fatality or the extent of the woman's injuries were not disclosed by the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Police officials said the accident occurred around 4:45 p.m., near the intersection of Ga. 316 and Drowning Creek Road.

The early 1990s model Ford F-150 with Madison County tags reportedly swerved off the road and struck the straight truck, which was pulled over on the highway's right-hand shoulder.

Officers on the scene were uncertain as to the driver's rate of speed at the time of the accident, and whether a trailer hitched to the pickup caused it to swerve is yet to be determined.

Police did say, however, that wet roads were not a factor in the wreck, as the rain didn't start until after the accident.

The driver of the box truck, operated by J&P Hall Express of Forest Park, was not injured in the accident

Lt. Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department, said the passenger was extricated via the Jaws of Life, and he and the female driver were transported by ambulance to the Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville.

Police did not specify if the passenger was dead on arrival, died en route to the hospital or died after arriving at the hospital.

Rutledge later said any accident that required this much action is a serious accident.

"The rush hour accident was serious based on the extent of entrapment of the male passenger and the extended extrication time," Rutledge said.

The driver of the box truck was not available for comment at the time of the accident, and representatives of J&P Hall Express would not identify the male driver.