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Deputy killed in crash while patrolling I-85

Posted: May 23, 2014 - 8:10am

CARNESVILLE, Ga. | Authorities in northeast Georgia are investigating an accident that claimed the life of a sheriff's deputy.

The Georgia State Patrol said Franklin County sheriff's Deputy Cruz Thomas was attempting to catch up to a traffic violator on Interstate 85 around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The State Patrol said a semitrailer attempted to change lanes, causing Thomas' patrol car to travel into the grass median. The deputy lost control of the vehicle, which traveled across both northbound lanes of I-85 and began to overturn and hit several trees.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/19h2mCB ) that the 26-year-old Thomas is the son of Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas. The newspaper reports that he also worked for the nearby Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

The crash happened about 85 miles northeast of Atlanta.

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