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Tire ‘blow out’ causes van to flip on I-85 in LaGrange

Driver escapes wreck with cuts, scrapes

By Melanie Ruberti and

Matthew Strother

Daily News staff

A 1992 Ford Aerostar sits on its side among debris, which trailed behind it after it flipped from the northbound lane of Interstate 85 Tuesday near Hamilton Road. Troup County firefighters said except for some cuts and scrapes, the driver of the vehicle was not injured in the wreck.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/03/web1_0302I85Ax.jpgA 1992 Ford Aerostar sits on its side among debris, which trailed behind it after it flipped from the northbound lane of Interstate 85 Tuesday near Hamilton Road. Troup County firefighters said except for some cuts and scrapes, the driver of the vehicle was not injured in the wreck.

Melanie Ruberti | Daily News

LaGRANGE — A Lanett, Alabama, man escaped with minor injuries after his van flipped Tuesday on Interstate 85 near Hamilton Road.

The 62-year-old driver was northbound in a 1992 Ford Aerostar when his left rear tire “blew out,” he told a Georgia State Patrol trooper, according to a preliminary report. The driver pulled hard to the right and lost control of the van.

The van began to tip over and then flipped at least three times as it left the road and landed on its side, the report states.

The driver complained of injuries and was taken by ambulance to West Georgia Medical Center, where his condition was unavailable this morning. Firefighters on scene described the victim’s injuries as cuts and scrapes.

Georgia State Patrol was investigating the wreck.

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