Two men died early Wednesday after being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 185, Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said.
Lee Edward Heath, 47, of Phenix City and Anthony Jensen, 32, of Columbus were pronounced dead on the scene around 5:56 a.m. Their bodies will be transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Decatur for an autopsy.
Bryan said the crash appeared to have happened around 5:30 a.m. near the access road that runs parallel to Interstate 185 and near JR Allen Parkway. He said the vehicle Heath was driving ran out of gas and he pulled off to the side of the road to fill it with gas.
"He wasn't completely out of the road, and the other one came to his assistance," the coroner said. "They were putting gas in the vehicle when another car came along and side-swiped the vehicle that had run out of gas. He hit both of them and killed both of them."