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Truck collision causes traffic backup on 144
This beer truck is pulled from a ditch along Hwy. 144 on Friday afternoon after it collided with a lumber truck heading in the opposite direction. (Crissie Elrick)

A Friday afternoon crash on Hwy. 144 near Strathy Hall Drive backed up traffic for miles in both directions after a beer truck and a lumber delivery truck collided.

According to Bryan County Sheriff’s Patrol Capt. Mike Maxwell, Jose Lewis was driving a Miller Lite beer truck and traveling westbound on Hwy. 144 around 2:30 p.m. when the left front tire of an eastbound Choo-Choo Built It Mart lumber delivery truck blew out, causing the two to sideswipe each other.

Mikel Maney, the driver of the lumber delivery truck, said he clipped the beer truck then went across the road into a ditch and then plowed through Mike Hildebrandt’s back yard fence. Maney said he was headed to Fort McAllister Road to drop off a lumber delivery.

Both Lewis and Maney walked away from the smash with only minor scrapes and brusies.

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