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Corona Light truck crashes on I-985 near Oakwood, spilling beer in median
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Crews clean up cases of beer after a beer truck overturned Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, on Interstate 985 northbound near mile marker 15, spilling its contents into the median. - photo by Scott Rogers

A beer truck overturned Wednesday morning on Interstate 985 northbound near mile marker 15, spilling its sudsy load into the grassy median.

Hall County Fire Services Capt. Zachary Brackett said two people were in the truck, but no one was seriously injured. No one was transported by EMS.

“It came out sounding like a fairly serious wreck because it involved a commercial vehicle, but then they got there and from our standpoint, there wasn’t anything to it,” Brackett said.

Georgia State Patrol said Anthony Williams, 33, of Atlanta, was driving the Freightliner box van in the left lane while taking a right-hand curve.

State patrol post commander Anthony Coleman said the truck went “wide and off the left side of the roadway,” striking a guardrail and overturning on the driver’s side.

“All the contents from inside the cargo box was scattered across the median,” Coleman wrote in an email.

The truck overturned near an overhanging interstate sign, striking the posts and emptying beer onto the median.

“It was around 11:41 (a.m.) when the lane was opened back to traffic, and they just had the left shoulder closed for washing the beer off the road,” said Katie Strickland, Georgia Department of Transportation district spokeswoman.

The truck was carrying Corona Light, according to Brackett. No locally produced beers were involved in the accident.

The highway was shut down for roughly two hours. 

Williams was charged with failure to maintain lane.

Strickland said “approximately 150 feet of guardrail will need to be replaced” on that stretch of the highway.

“We have placed barrels to alert drivers,” Strickland wrote in an email, adding the guardrail will be replaced as soon as the guardrail contractor can respond.

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