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DOT bush hog propels rock into car, killing passenger

Source: Troup County Sheriff's Office Source: Troup County Sheriff's Office

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

TROUP COUNTY, GA (WTVM) – The Lee family is once again dealing with tragedy.

In 2005, they left Louisiana for LaGrange after Hurricane Katrina.  Officials tell News Leader Nine they moved to the area to make a new life.

Instead, another unthinkable situation, a freak accident claimed 58-year-old Annie Lee's life.

Sgt. Chad Mann from the Troup County Sheriff's Office said, "It ran over a rock. The rock was a pretty good sized rock, but it was launched from the side of the bush hog."

The Georgia Department of Transportation was mowing the grass on the side of State Highway 27 between LaGrange and Pine Mountain.

At the exact same time, a car with five passengers heading in to LaGrange passed by.

It was the Lee family.

The volleyball sized rock struck the car, grazed the front passenger, then struck a woman sitting behind the driver.

The 58-year-old was killed instantly.

"This was an isolated freak incident," said Mann.

The Troup County Sheriff's Department is investigating the case. And, the Department of Transportation is cooperating, although they are not releasing any statements at this time.

So far, the death has been ruled an accident. No charges are pending.

"It could have happened to anyone who was bush hogging on the side of the road. it just so happened it was a Department of Transportation tractor that his occurred with," explained Mann.

The other passengers reported only minor injuries.

The Troup County coroner says Lee's body has been sent to the crime lab for an autopsy.

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