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State patrol: Alcohol believed to be factor in fatal wreck
Gainesville man was ejected from truck, which came to rest on top of him
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Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a single-vehicle wreck that killed a Gainesville man near the Hall-Jackson county line Monday night, according to authorities.

Ronald Harris, 67, was ejected from the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado he was driving before it came to rest on top of him in a creek in the area of Blackstock and Mangum Mill roads, Georgia State Patrol Cpl. A.J. Allen said. Harris was not wearing his seatbelt, according to GSP, which said speed wasn’t believed to be a factor.

“Alcohol is suspected in the crash,” Allen said.

Harris was driving north on Blackstock Road, traveled off the right side of the road and struck a road sign before going off the left side of the road and traveling into a creek, Allen said. The truck overturned on its right side before coming to rest on top of Harris.

Hall County Fire Services Capt. Zachary Brackett said his department found Harris under the vehicle and it “took a good bit of time” to extricate the driver.

No witnesses to the accident came forward, according to state patrol.

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