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Fatal wreck on U.S. 27 claims life of Rockmart man

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A Rockmart man died in a Monday wreck on U.S. 27 after his truck jumped the median, flipping several times and ejecting the driver before coming to a stop on its side.

Larry Jason Rogers, 40, died of multiple traumatic injuries. He was pronounced dead at 12:03 p.m. in the emergency room of Floyd Medical Center, said Deputy Coroner Tony Brazier.

The wreck happened about 11:15 a.m. on U.S. 27, near Old Cedartown Highway. Rogers was driving a white GMC truck, swerving as he sped north, Floyd County police patrolman Joseph Cleveland said.

Rogers was driving to Floyd Medical Center, where his son was about to have surgery, Brazier said.

Rogers’ truck edged off the highway’s right side, and he then swerved back onto the road, Cleveland said.

“He hit the median,” he added. “He started flipping when he hit the southbound lanes.”

Dexter Harrison, who lives nearby, heard the noise.

“When I looked out the window, it already had started slinging dirt,” he said.

Margaret Baldwin, Harrison’s neighbor, said the truck flipped about four or five times.

The truck flipped for about a quarter-mile, ejecting Rogers before it came to a rest, Cleveland said.

Pieces of the truck and personal items littered the highway. Music CDs lay among clothes and debris.

The wreck closed the southbound lanes. Vehicles were backed up about a mile at one point.

Police let some southbound vehicles advance in the northbound lanes before stopping traffic, repeating the cycle several times.

The road was clear by 1:30 p.m.

Rogers’ death is the second Floyd County traffic fatality in two days. Grady Tant, 54, of Cartersville, died Saturday night on U.S. 411, near the Welcome to Rome sign, authorities said.

Tant was driving east about 9 p.m. on U.S. 411 when his black Dodge Ram pickup crossed the median and struck a tree on the other side of the westbound lanes.