Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 2, 2012

Accident leads to roadside brawl

VALDOSTA, Ga. — What started with a teenager being flipped from the bed of a pick up truck into a ditch, escalated into a wild brawl with occupants of another truck.

Witnesses said at least a dozen people and perhaps many more were involved in the melee. It ended when the Georgia State Police and sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene. They quickly diffused the fight with the help of tasers and a “football tackle.”

Scott Jenkins, a construction worker, said he watched the incident unfold. “There were just too many people in the back of those trucks,” said Jenkins.

“After one guy fell out, the two trucks pulled over and they all got into a fight.”

Authorities haven’t determined what prompted the outbreak, but think it may have started earlier when both trucks pulled into a gas station.

The 17-year-old passenger who was sent flying into a mailbox and crashed into an overgrown ditch next to the road sustained only minor injuries. He was cited for not wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the truck the young man was riding in also was ticketed for failing to maintain his lane, a seatbelt infraction and an expired driver’s license.

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