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U.S. 400m runner Torrin Lawrence dies in car accident

Jul 28, 2014, 10:19 AM EST

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U.S. 400m runner Torrin Lawrence died when a semi truck crashed into his stationary car after one of his tires blew out on a Georgia interstate early Monday morning, a sheriff confirmed.

Lawrence, 25, was on Interstate 75 near Cordele, Ga., 94 miles north of the Florida-Georgia border when the tire blew out.

He called 911 with his car sitting in the middle lane of a three-lane highway, and the crash happened around 1:45 a.m., before a deputy arrived, Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock said.

“We’re not exactly sure where he was in relation to the car,” Hancock said. “He was caught up in the accident.”

Lawrence, 25, ran in the 4x400m relay heats at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas, on May 24. The U.S. went on to win the event, and Lawrence earned a gold medal.

Lawrence finished ninth in the 400m at the U.S. Outdoor Championships on June 27.

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