Driver dies in two-car crash

By Kathy Jefcoats

Henry police said one person was killed in a two-vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 75 Friday afternoon that backed up traffic seven miles.

Spokesman Officer Christopher Fowler said the accident occurred near mile marker 215, which is south of the McDonough-Ga. Highway 155 exit 216. One driver was thrown from the vehicle.

Fowler could not provide further details, including the identity of the victim pending notification of the next of kin.

However, a red pick-up truck with a camper at the scene sustained heavy damage to the front end and roof as if it may have rolled. Officials at the scene said the truck driver was alone.

Three people were in the other vehicle, a Ford Taurus, but there was no information available at press time about any other injuries. Both an ambulance and a medical helicopter arrived at the scene to transport victims but the helicopter left empty.

All three northbound lanes were blocked for a short time while Henry police traffic investigators worked the scene. Rush hour traffic quickly backed up as officers photographed and measured the accident site. There appeared to be skid marks from the point of impact for about 100 yards to the final resting point of the vehicles.

It was not immediately known if anyone would be charged.

Drivers sought alternate routes that took some of them into Hampton looking for northbound U.S. Highway 19/41. Other drivers were diverted onto Ga. Highway 42 through McDonough.