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Family happy to be alive after road rage attack

EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Michael Thomas says he has seen a lot on the road driving a log truck in Effingham County, but never road rage until Tuesday.

"You could see him up at his mirror pointing me over and cussing and hollering in his truck," Thomas said.

Effingham County sheriff's deputies say Kenneth Dyson began switching lanes and braking in front of the log truck.

Thomas says Dyson forced him to stop on Highway 21 in Rincon.

"I knew he was out for blood. This guy stops in the middle of a four-lane highway. I knew he didn't just want to talk," Thomas said.

Thomas said he was trying to stay calm, but all he could do was think of his daughter in the passenger seat.

He said Dyson began approaching his truck, so he rolled down the window. But he said that Dyson quickly flung the door open.

"He was trying to pull my leg out of the truck. The truck started to roll backwards and all I could think of was my daughter in the passenger seat. I reached over and pulled the parking brake," Thoms said.

Deputies said Dyson began attacking Thomas on the side of the road and that Thomas had no choice but to fight back.

"The log truck driver did the right thing. He did what he had to do. He didn't want to fight," said David Ehsanipoor, with the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

Thomas said he is just happy his daughter is OK.

"All I know is once he started attacking me, I went from trying to avoid a problem to protecting my family," he said.

Dyson is charged with battery, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

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