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Deadly weekend on Clayton roads

By Michael Davis

Two people were killed in a head-on collision Sunday at the intersection of Tara Boulevard and North Main Street, Clayton County Police said.

An Isuzu Amigo carrying six passengers was traveling southbound on Tara Boulevard at 10:47 a.m. when it crossed into the northbound lanes and struck a Nissan Armada traveling northbound, killing the driver and one passenger of the Amigo, said Clayton Police Maj. Tim Robinson.

Three people in the Armada were uninjured.

Saturday, Nicholas Alvarez of Hapeville was killed when the Mitsubishi Galant he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer. Both were traveling northbound on Interstate 75 near Tara Boulevard just before 4 p.m. Saturday.

Investigators believe a tire on the Galant blew out, causing Alvarez to veer into the tractor-trailer, which dragged the car about an eighth of a mile, Robinson said. Two passengers in the Galant were taken to Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale.

A fire fully engulfed the tractor-trailer, which was carrying a paper product, and all northbound lanes of I-75 were closed for several hours. Robinson said investigators were still on the scene as late at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.