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Crash on Liberty Expressway halts traffic

A trailer flipped over causing a black Chevrolet Trailblazer to crash as it headed east on Liberty Expressway about two miles west of the Jefferson Street exit about 4 p.m. Tuesday. Albany Fire Department firefighters and a crew from the Quality Wrecking Service cleared the roadway, allowing traffic to resume after about an hour.

A trailer flipped over causing a black Chevrolet Trailblazer to crash as it headed east on Liberty Expressway about two miles west of the Jefferson Street exit about 4 p.m. Tuesday. Albany Fire Department firefighters and a crew from the Quality Wrecking Service cleared the roadway, allowing traffic to resume after about an hour.

ALBANY -- The driver of a black Chevrolet Trailblazer lost control of his SUV when the trailer he was towing flipped over on the Liberty Expressway, about two miles west of the Jefferson Street exit around 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to an Albany Police Department official.

Timothy Ray Tompkins, 32, of Albany was booked into jail and charged with failure to maintain lane and driving with a suspended license, said a Dougherty County Jail spokeswoman.

The trailer that flipped carried a full load of roofing shingles. Witnesses said the load may have shifted, making the trailer unstable. There were also other factors in the crash, they added.

"He was going way too fast for that trailer load," said James Gibson of Moultrie. "When he hit the brakes like that, the trailer tried to get ahead of his vehicle."

Another witness, Carol Dean, also of Moultrie, said that the trailer was carring too heavy a load.

"We were right behind him. He was going too fast to slam those brakes that hard," Dean said. "That trailer was so full it was swaying from side to side. He hit the brakes and the trailer and vehicle flipped. He crawled out the window right after the crash."

A Dougherty County EMS ambulance was at the scene, but authorities reported no injuries. Albany Fire Department firefighters and a crew from Quality Wrecker Service cleared the road.

The eastbound lane was closed for more than an hour. The westbound lane moved slowly as vehicles slowed as motorists looked at the crash scene.

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