Ft. Benning soldier killed in car accident off JR Allen Parkway

UPDATE

08/14/17 10:48 a.m. — Fort Benning has released a statement in a release Monday morning.

Sergeant First Class Andrew Service of Worthville, Kentucky was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 16th Calalry, 316th Brigade.

His awards and decorations include:

  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Presidential Unit Citation
  • Good Conduct Medal – 4
  • Global War on Terrorism Medal
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • National Defense Service Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal – 3
  • Iraq Campaign Medal – 2
  • Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon – 2
  • Overseas Ribbon -2
  • Ranger Tab
  • Parachutist Badge
  • Air Assault Badge
  • Expert Infantryman Badge
  • NATO Medal.

08/12/17 11:30 a.m. — Muscogee County officials say a Ft. Benning soldier died when the car he was driving flipped over the guardrail on JR Allen Parkway Westbound and dropped 100 ft. down to the river below.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan says he officially pronounced 30-year-old Caleb Service dead around 5:30 Saturday morning.

Bryan says there will be no autopsy since no charges were involved. A toxicology report will be done to determine if drugs or alcohol played a factor in his death. Bryan says it’s difficult to determine what contributed to Service’s death. But he should learn more details at a later date.

JR Allen Parkway Westbound heading into Phenix City is now reopen to traffic.


COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus Police have blocked the westbound on-ramp access to JR Allen Parkway from Second Avenue in Columbus as authorities investigate a deadly accident.

According to law enforcement sources, authorities were called to the scene around 4:45 this morning. News 3 has learned at least one person was pronounced dead on the scene. Multiple fire trucks have been on scene assisting as well.

No word right now on how long the investigation and road closure will continue.

This morning, police cars could also been seen west of the on-ramp access on JR Allen Parkway and on the bridge of the Chattahoochee River that crosses into Alabama.

Eastbound lanes of JR Allen, coming into Columbus from Phenix City remain open with no delays.

Stay with News 3 for continuing updates.

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