Polk County Coroner's Office

A Carrollton man died as a result of injuries sustained in a wreck between a tractor trailer hauling furniture and a cement pump truck on Highway 278 earlier this morning. 

According to Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier, the driver of the cement pump truck identified as William Lancaster Jr., 33, of a Carrollton address, came up fast at the intersection of West Elm Street at Highway 278 that turns toward downtown Rockmart. 

Brazier said that Lancaster hit the rear end of a tractor trailer loaded with HON Furniture stopped at the red light around 7:50 a.m. Lancaster was pronounced dead on the scene from blunt force trauma to the head and abdominal area at 8:30 a.m. on the scene. 

Lancaster's body was later transported to Polk Medical Center for examination and to have blood and urine drawn as part of the Georgia State Patrol's investigation into the wreck. His body was later released to Miller Funeral Home in Tallapoosa, who are handling the arrangements. 

Brazier said that Lancaster was restrained by a seat belt, but that the design of the truck with a small cab and flat front made the wreck traumatic. Rockmart Fire and Rescue were on the scene for some time working to remove Lancaster from the wreck, Brazier added. 

The Georgia State Patrol is continuing to investigate the circumstances behind the wreck. 

No information was immediately available about the driver of the HON tractor trailer. Brazier said according to information he was provided on the case, he was treated for minor injuries and released from Polk Medical Center. 

Previously posted:

A collision between a tractor trailer and a cement pump truck left one dead and Georgia State Patrol officials at the scene this morning investigating the incident.

According to Georgia State Patrol public relations officials, the tractor trailer was stopped at the red light on Highway 278 heading eastbound at West Elm Street and "the cement pump truck approached from the rear and struck the stopped tractor trailer," according to an e-mail.

The impact into the rear of the tractor trailer by the cement pump truck caused the death of the driver, according to officials. The name of the driver had not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin.

GSP officials added the driver of the tractor trailer was taken to Polk Medical Center to be checked out for injuries, but thus far have reported none.