- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

WHITE, Ga. (AP) - Officials say traffic in several parts of the state could be slowed or stopped while a large piece of machinery is hauled to northwest Georgia.

Georgia Department of Transportation officials say state troopers will escort an 18-foot-wide and 14-foot-tall rig hauling a machine press along its route Monday night.

Officials say the 385,000 pound piece of equipment - which they call a “megaload” - will leave Columbia County at 8 p.m. on I-20 and head for Bartow county. Officials say the rig will avoid bridges, utilities and other obstructions and will eventually enter I-75 north.

Officials say the rig belongs to the Guy M. Turner company. In March, one of the company’s trucks got stuck on a North Carolina railroad crossing and caused a train derailment that injured 55 people.

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