Disabled Vehicle Struck on I-75, Valdosta Man Killed

| November 11, 2015

Accident

VALDOSTA — A disabled vehicle in the emergency lane of Interstate 75 was struck by another vehicle, killing a Valdosta man.

Late Tuesday night, Georgia State Patrol Troopers responded to the fatal accident near mile marker 5 in the northbound lane of the Interstate in Lowndes County, near Lake Park.

A Valdosta man, Joseph Bernard Copeland, 35, was changing a flat tire in the emergency lane when his vehicle was struck by another vehicle who drifted into the emergency lane.  Copeland was killed.  The occupants of his vehicle were taken to South Georgia Medical Center for treatment, but were reportedly uninjured.

A pickup truck pulling a 30-foot trailer, driven by John Henry Ross, 45 of Scottsboro, AL, drifted into the emergency lane, striking the minivan of Copeland.

Though charges are pending against Ross, the GSP report did state that Troopers do not suspect alcohol or drugs as being a factor, though a toxicology report has been ordered.

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