One man dead after overnight car crash in McDuffie County

Published: Aug. 18, 2018 at 11:17 AM EDT
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Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018

MCDUFFIE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A Warren County man is dead following an overnight crash in McDuffie County near Thomson.

Investigators say troopers responded to a single-vehicle accident on Augusta Highway at Moose Club Road around 2:54 a.m. Saturday morning. McDuffie County EMS, the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office and Georgia State Patrol officials discovered a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado in a ditch next to the roadway.

Officials later identified the victim as 22-year-old Austin Luke Ashley of Warrenton, Georgia. An incident report shows "Ashley lost control of the truck, crossed into the ditch striking a fence and was ejected from the vehicle resulting in his death."

Investigators also suspect alcohol and/or drug impairment was a contributing factor. McDuffie County Coroner Foster Wylie confirms the family has been notified.

Officials say Georgia State Patrol is continuing to investigate the incident.