Arrest made in deadly accident involving tractor trailer, SUV on I-20 EB in Columbia County

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COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF)UPDATE: One person has been arrested by Georgia State Patrol in connection with the deadly accident.

The driver of a tractor trailer, 26-year-old Royce Kaleb Smith, was heading eastbound into slowing traffic. The driver hit the back of a Toyota Rav4 driven by 54-year-old Brenda Anderson of Grovetown. The tractor trailer continued driving down the right shoulder of the road after hitting the Rav4 and proceeded to hit seven more cars.

Brenda Anderson, the driver of the Toyota Rav4, was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, Smith is a trucker from Salem, AL. The truck he was driving was registered to Ryno Trucking, Inc., based out of Clearwater, FL.

Smith was arrested for the following:

  • Following too closely
  • Too fast for conditions
  • Homicide by vehicle in the 2nd degree

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office confirms deputies are responding to an accident along I-20 Eastbound at Mile Marker 181.

We’re told the accident involves a dump truck and a small passenger vehicle.

One person is confirmed to have died.

Avoid the area if possible. There are multiple other accidents involved.

This is the second accident in that area today. Crews also responded to a deadly accident involving a Fulton County police vehicle and an 18-wheeler near Grovetown.

Count on NewsChannel 6 for more details as they become available.

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