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Georgia man seriously injured in wreck
by Jebb Johnston
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A tractor-trailer collided with the South Harper Road underpass Wednesday night when the driver failed to negotiate the roundabout at the intersection with Droke Road.
A tractor-trailer collided with the South Harper Road underpass Wednesday night when the driver failed to negotiate the roundabout at the intersection with Droke Road.
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A Georgia man was seriously injured Wednesday night in the first major crash to occur at the South Harper road roundabout.

Michael Kidene, 31, of Stone Mountain, Ga., was airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo with potentially life-threatening injuries, according to the Corinth Police Department crash report. Kidene was a passenger who was in the sleeper portion of the cab of a 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Teklehaymanot Habtemariam, 30, of Clarkston, Ga.

The crash happened at 11:12 p.m. Wednesday night, and the Corinth Police Department remained at the scene until 3:51 a.m. Thursday for the investigation and cleanup.

Police Chief David Lancaster said Habtemariam was driving northbound on South Harper Road and apparently did not slow down before reaching the roundabout at the intersection with Droke Road. It appears the driver lost control and the truck went off the road on the right side, hitting the concrete barrier of the bridge. The cab then overturned and came to rest on its left side in the northbound lane under the bridge.

Lancaster said Habtermariam was taken to Magnolia Regional Health Center with complaint of pain.

The truck is registered to Swift Transportation of Phoenix.
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