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Siloam man killed in head-on collision

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    Eugene Hubert, left, of Hubert Towing, and Putnam Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Rogers, right, watch as the charred Ford pickup truck is prepared to go on the bed of the tow truck. The driver of the truck was unharmed, but the driver of the other car was killed in
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    Putnam County emergency personnel prepare to clear Pea Ridge Road after a head-on collision Monday morning that took the life of a Greene County man. CONTRIBUTED/PCSO

A Greene County man was killed early Monday morning when his car was hit head-on in Putnam County.

Emanuel Ward, 43, of the 4500 block of Highway 15 South, Siloam, was killed instantly, according to Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills.

Around 6:49 a.m., Ward was driving a maroon 2007 Ford Focus northbound on the 200 block of Pea Ridge Road when a 2014 Ford pickup truck traveling southbound crossed over the centerline and hit Ward’s car head-on. The pickup truck rolled over several times and landed on its side in the roadway and caught on fire, Sills said. The driver of the pickup, a 16-year-old male, climbed out of the vehicle and walked away unharmed, according to the sheriff.

The teen, also from Greene County and a student at John Milledge Academy in Milledgeville, reportedly told authorities that he fell asleep while driving. The teen driver, who was not identified by authorities because of his age, will be charged with misdemeanor homicide by vehicle, Sills said.

A third vehicle was reportedly traveling northbound on Pea Ridge Road behind Ward’s car. That driver swerved off the road to avoid the accident, but saw the entire crash and served as a witness to authorities. That third driver and vehicle were unharmed,

Sills noted.

“His account of the accident matched up with the evidence at the scene as to how it happened,” Sills explained, noting deputies found no evidence of alcohol or drug use, or other contributing factors.

Pea Ridge Road was completely blocked for about an hour and a half, “but we got it cleared as quickly as we could,” Sills added.