A 30-year-old Stockbridge, GA., man died instantly Saturday when the cargo truck in which he was a passenger collided with a tree on Interstate 16.
Ronald V. Lawrence Jr., was killed when the 2003 GMC truck ran into the wood line of the eastbound lanes between Dean Forest Road and Chatham Parkway about 3 p.m.
Rai Rajen, 33, of Clarkston, GA, driver of the truck, escaped serious injury but was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for observation.
"The truck was eastbound when it swerved to the right shoulder of the roadway, struck a highway sign, and continued into the tree line," says a police spokesman. "The cargo area of the truck ruptured, spilling its content. Traffic on the eastbound lanes was halted or restricted for about two hours."