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Demorest man killed in fiery crash on I-985

A Demorest man died hours after his car caught on fire Monday, Sept. 9, in a wreck involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 985, according to authorities.

Christopher Noel Baker, 26, was driving northbound on 985 in a Toyota Prius behind Donnie Wilson, 44, of Columbus, who was driving a tractor-trailer for Performance Food Group of Oakwood.

The two cars were approaching a Georgia Department of Transportation work zone around 9 p.m. at mile marker 11, which had closed the right lane and congested traffic.

Wilson’s tractor trailer came to a stop.

Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Major Patterson said Baker “for unknown reasons” did not stop and struck the tail end of the tractor-trailer head-on.

“(The Prius) traveled partially under the rear of the trailer and subsequently caught on fire.  (Wilson) was able to extinguish the fire with his fire extinguisher,” Patterson wrote in an email.

Two off-duty medical personnel helped Baker before he was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Baker was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Wilson was uninjured.

Patterson said no charges will be filed.

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