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Victims in 316 accident ID'de

DACULA - The man who died Tuesday evening as the result of injuries sustained in a collision on Ga. Highway 316 has been identified.

Horace Morgan, 45, of Woodstock was killed in an accident involving a box truck and a pickup truck that occurred shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday on westbound Ga. 316 near Drowning Creek Road.

Morgan's wife, Jeanine, 47, who was also injured, was driving the Ford F-150 when it apparently swerved onto the right-hand shoulder, hitting a 1999 Freightliner box truck that was sitting idle on the side of the highway.

Firefighters extricated Morgan from the vehicle, and both victims were transported to the Gwinnett Medical Center.

Although Horace Morgan did not survive the crash, Jeanine Morgan's injuries were not life-threatening.

The driver of the box truck, identified as Lansana Fofana, 50, and his passenger, Kali Maramani, 41, both of Norcross, were not injured.

Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department, said investigators are still trying to determine why the pickup swerved onto the shoulder.

Morgan's rate of speed was not determined as of Wednesday, but the posted speed limit along the corridor is 65 mph, Moloney said.

Moloney said in a press release on Wednesday that no charges have been made but could be possible, as is the case with any fatal traffic accident.

Moloney also said accidents like this are common along major thoroughfares where motorists travel at a high rate of speed.

"You've got simple physics in play," he said. "Motor vehicle collisions are one of the most violent scenes police officers come across on a regular basis. You've got your homicides, which are violent and disturbing. But the sheer energy involved in a motor vehicle accident ... is phenomenal."