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Fatal crash prompts renewed call for cutting trees on I-95

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HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Another fatal crash on Interstate 95 near the Georgia state line has prompted renewed calls for cutting trees along the highway.

Local media outlets report that 75-year-old James Matthew Eddins of Moncure, North Carolina, died Monday when his tractor-trailer swerved, hit several tees and ended up in a canal about 13 miles north of the state line.

The coroner says a medical condition caused the crash. But Hardeeville Police Chief Sam Woodward wonders whether hitting the trees prevented the driver from being saved.

There have been 16 deaths from tree-related accidents on I-95 in Jasper County in the past five years.

The Department of Transportation is studying the area for improvements, such as cutting trees and adding cable barriers. But money for the project won't be available until 2017.

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