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Tuesday crash kills teenager
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State troopers and Effingham deputies take measurements along Old Augusta Road after a tractor-trailer collided with a minivan Tuesday. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue

Georgia State troopers are investigating a Tuesday morning accident that claimed the life of an Effingham County teenager.

Just before noon, an 18-year-old female was driving a minivan on Fort Howard Road and turned left onto Old Augusta Road. The vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer headed south on Old Augusta.

The name of the young woman killed in the accident has not been released.

Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Chris Rodewolt said a call came in at 11:56 a.m. about a vehicle crash with injuries.

“The preliminary investigation reveals that a vehicle traveling on Fort Howard Road failed to yield at the stop sign and was subsequently struck by a tractor-trailer,” he said.

The minivan driver was the only occupant of the vehicle. Troopers talked with the tractor-trailer driver, who appeared to be unhurt.

Rodewolt also asked for drivers to be cautious behind the wheel.

“You have line of sight both ways, but we have had several crashes at this intersection,” he said. “I urge you to take that extra second and look and watch for the other drivers and stay safe.”

State troopers, Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies and Rincon Fire responded to the accident. Rincon Police officers provided traffic control on Fort Howard Road.

It is the second fatal accident in less than a week on Effingham roads. Authorities are investigating a Christmas night accident on Sand Hill Road that killed an Effingham woman.