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Funeral arrangements announced for Franklin Co. deputy killed in crash

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Franklin Co. deputy killed in crash along I-85 (FOX Carolina) Franklin Co. deputy killed in crash along I-85 (FOX Carolina)
Cruz Thomas (Source: Franklin County Sheriff's Office) Cruz Thomas (Source: Franklin County Sheriff's Office)
Franklin Co. deputy killed in crash along I-85 (FOX Carolina) Franklin Co. deputy killed in crash along I-85 (FOX Carolina)
Franklin Co. deputy killed in crash along I-85 (FOX Carolina) Franklin Co. deputy killed in crash along I-85 (FOX Carolina)
CARNESVILLE, GA (FOX Carolina) -

Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol said a fellow law enforcement officer was killed in a crash along I-85 Wednesday night.

Around 9 p.m. Franklin County deputy Cruz Thomas was heading north on the interstate near mile marker 163, attempting to catch up to a driver whom Thomas had observed violating traffic laws,  GSP officers said.

GSP officers said a tractor trailer attempted to change lanes as the deputy was approaching, causing Thomas to swerve into the grass median, where he lost control of his cruiser.

Thomas swerved back onto the roadway, across both northbound lanes before his vehicle flipped over and crashed into several trees, GSP officers said.

Troopers said Thomas was killed in the crash.

The Georgia State Patrol is still investigating the crash. So far, no charges have been filed.

Thomas was the son of Franklin County Sheriff Steve Thomas.

On Friday, the sheriff's office announced the funeral arrangements for Thomas. Visitation will be on Saturday, May 24 from 6-9 p.m. at Pruitt Funeral Home at 47 Franklin Springs Street, Royston, GA.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, May 25 at 4 p.m. at the Swails Center on US 29 in Franklin Springs, GA. They said law enforcement should arrive by 2:30 p.m.

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