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The man seriously injured in a collision Tuesday involving a motorcycle and a tractor trailer remained in serious but stable condition Wednesday morning and has been identified as a retired DeKalb County police officer.

Billy Caughron, 57 years old of Auburn was transported from the accident scene Tuesday by ambulance to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta.

“Preliminary indications are the motorcycle pulled out of the cemetery in front of the tractor trailer, which was traveling westbound on Knox Bridge Highway,” said Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jay Baker. “The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.”

The crash closed Knox Bridge Highway for more than an hour Tuesday.

The crash occurred at about 1:45 p.m. and the road was reopened at about 3:02 p.m., according to the Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency.

The accident is being investigated by the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit. No charges have been filed.

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