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Two men die from Worth County crash

Failure to yield results in collision with tractor trailer

POULAN — Two men were killed in a two-vehicle collision that took place Friday evening in Worth County.

Walter Spurlin, senior trooper with Georgia State Patrol Post 40 in Albany, said the crash took place at around 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Shingler Sumner Road and Georgia Highway 112 in Poulan. Charles Lunsford, 81, of Sumner, was stopped at the intersection in a 2001 Chevrolet pickup when he was attempting to make a left turn onto Highway 112.

Spurlin said that, when Lunsford made the turn, he moved into the path of a northbound tractor-trailer being driven by Gary Brinkley, 44, of Hazelhurst. Brinkley’s vehicle struck Lunsford’s pickup and went into southbound traffic, hitting a 1998 Ford F150 being driven by Gregory “Jake” Williams, 23, of Sylvester.

Williams, who was celebrating a birthday Friday, was pronounced dead at the scene. Brinkley was taken to Tift Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Lunsford was airlifted to Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he later died, Spurlin said.

It is not believed that drugs or alcohol were involved. While no charges will be filed, Lunsford will be shown at fault for failure to yield, Spurlin said.

An obituary for Williams said he was a lifelong resident of Worth County, was employed with Driller Services in Ashburn and a member of Worth Lodge 194 F&AM. Funeral services are being held for him at 2 p.m. today at Banks Funeral Home in Sylvester, with interment to follow at Poulan Cemetery with Masonic Rites.