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A pickup truck crash in Baldwin County on Saturday night claimed the lives of a Milledgeville man, as well as a DeKalb County man, local and state authorities say.

The single-vehicle wreck happened shortly after 10 p.m. on Gumm Cemetery Road near Lake Sinclair.

A report from Lt. W. Mark Riley, public information director of the Georgia Department of Public Safety and Georgia State Patrol, identified those killed as Christopher P. Sheffield, 49, of the 100 block of Lands Drive N.E., Milledgeville; and James Bailey, 53, of the 1400 block of Oak Forest Court, N.E., Brookhaven.

Baldwin County Coroner John Gonzalez said both of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene at 11 p.m. by Chief Deputy Coroner Ken Garland.

Gonzalez told The Union-Recorder that both men died from blunt force trauma. He also said there would no autopsy performed on either victim.

Sheffield was driving a 2008 Ford SRW Super Duty pickup truck southbound on Gumm Cemetery Road and lost control, according to a report filed by Georgia State Patrol Trooper Willie Stephens.

After losing control, the truck crossed the centerline and continued onto the east shoulder of the roadway, Stephens said.

The truck traveled approximately 124 feet on the east shoulder before the driver overcorrected to the right, causing the truck to enter back onto the roadway and rotating clockwise, the investigating trooper said in his report.

The pickup then traveled across the roadway onto the west shoulder of Gumm Cemetery Road and overturned on its driver’s side

“The top of the vehicle struck a tree before coming to an uncontrolled final rest on its driver’s side in the west ditch of Gumm Cemetery Road, facing south,” Stephens said in his report.

The investigating trooper added in his report that alcohol use was suspected due to the trooper detecting a strong odor of alcohol on both the driver and the passenger at the scene.

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