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Two NC men killed in Georgia wreck

Posted November 8, 2011

— Two North Carolina men died early Monday when the pickup they were riding in slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer on a Georgia highway, authorities said.

Westbound traffic on Interstate 20 was stopped while authorities investigated an earlier wreck, and a Chevrolet 2500 pulling a 30-foot motorboat hit the back of a tractor-trailer, authorities said.

Paul Jackson Wood, 56, of Wake Forest, and Robert Travis Lawson, 23, of Morehead City, were killed. The driver of the pickup, Cecil Calvin Holcomb, 19, of Raleigh, was airlifted to Medical College of Georgia in Augusta for treatment and was listed in critical condition.

Investigators haven't determined how fast the pickup was going before the crash, but they said there was no indication that Holcomb applied the brakes before the pickup hit the tractor-trailer. The case remains under investigation.

All lanes of westbound I-20 were closed for 13 hours while state police investigated both crashes and cleared away the wreckage.


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  • cmt2hm2 Nov 11, 2011

    Ya know I am so sorry that there has to be finger pointing and accusations on a public website that the family members can see and read, when there's been such a horrible tragedy! It doesn't matter who had what kind of past, and like the person below said the fact of the matter is ........that 2 men died, one of whom I had the honor to know through his wife whom I worked with for 4 yrs. My sympathy to all the families involved. Prayers and thoughts are with them from our home to theirs, it will take a long time to get over something like this. My heart goes out to them all. I'm sure Jack will be missed and my heart goes out to his wife and son during this time of grief.

  • Rebelyell Nov 8, 2011

    Cecil Sr. is the man you go to for demolition in this area. He can remove tall buildings overnight. The whole family is tough as nails, I am confident Jr. will be fine and come back stronger than ever.

  • Offshore Nov 8, 2011

    Ok jag53, my bad. did not see updated apologies submitted by you. So, my apologies to you and yes, thoughts and prayers to their families.

  • Offshore Nov 8, 2011

    jag53... really. See beachlvr0804, I concure.

  • jag53 Nov 8, 2011

    origninal post in haste while attempting further information; truly tragic... again, my sincere apologies, for the boating/fishing community, this is a good source of information: http://www.thehulltruth.com/carolinas/386249-sad-news.html

  • Glass Half Full Nov 8, 2011

    jag53 - Beside the fact that your post was thoughtless, are you calling a few traffic violations a "checkered past"? Come on, let's put our heart where it needs to be, hoping for the recovery of the one who survived and sending condolences to the families and friends left to grieve the loss.

  • jag53 Nov 8, 2011

    my apologies to all, and my thoughts and prayers are with the families...

  • beachlvr0804 Nov 8, 2011

    Jag53.....very classy......families and others left behind will still grieve. Losing a loved one is never easy, no matter what their backgrounds may be.

  • Chairman of the Bored Nov 8, 2011

    cursory search shows a checkered past for two of the three... -jag53

    Does that make the fact they were tragically killed any less sad for a family member?

  • blahblahblah Nov 8, 2011

    jag53 -what's your point?