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One person dead in Athens car wreck

Police said a man was hit while crossing the road Wednesday night.

Posted: Jul. 5, 2018 2:57 AM
Updated: Jul. 5, 2018 3:50 PM

One person died in a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 72 in Athens on Wednesday night.

Robert Toney Jr., 54, of Athens, was killed while crossing the highway at Hine Street just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, police said. 

A car struck and killed Toney as he crossed the highway, police said.  That wreck lead to the sudden stop of three vehicles behind it, causing a second four-car crash.

A stretch of Highway 72 closed for a short time until the scene was cleared.

The wreck is still under investigation.

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