Charges pending in Mitchell Co. double fatal wreck; Still under investigation

Coroner responds to Mitchell Co. double fatal wreck

MITCHELL CO., Ga. (WALB) - Two people died in a wreck in Mitchell County and the accident is still under investigation, according to officials.

The two-vehicle crash happened on Highway 97 and Highway 65.

“When we have a severity crash with this much severity in it, we call in the Specialized Crash Reconstruction Team with the state patrol and they do their investigation and charges are pending until SCRT completes their investigation,” said GSP Trooper Steven Kornegay

Georgia State Patrol (GSP) told WALB a Budweiser truck was traveling north and the Mercedes was traveling east.

“The Mercedes car was stopped by the middle of the roadway and the semi-truck came rolling through. The semi-truck tried to avoid the car by snatching the wheel to the right,” said GSP Trooper Taylor Cooper.

Charges are pending against the driver of the Mercedes after a special team recreated the crash, according to GSP Trooper Kornegay.

Kornegay said the Mercedes failed to yield after a stop sign crossing over Highway 97. That’s when the truck hit the Mercedes’ passenger side door.

The truck ended up in a ditch in flames following the impact and the truck’s fuel tank hit a tree, according to Kornegay.

Cooper told WALB Thursday officials are still trying to identify the two victims in the semi that died.

Kornegay said both died on the scene.

Autopsies are being done at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab.

The two people in the Mercedes are believed to have been taken to Archbold Memorial Hospital, according to Cooper.

The driver of the Mercedes had minor injuries and the passenger was in critical condition as of Thursday, Kornegay said. The identities of the occupants in the Mercedes are not being released at this time.

Officials said there were no ejections in the crash.

One woman told WALB that it was hard to believe people were inside one of the vehicles with every airbag deployed.

“Totally shocked,” Nickie Wells said, as she watched authorities clear the scene.

Traffic was blocked in every direction around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

First responders received reports of a fire at Highway 65 and 97 in Hopeful.

“Last night we had a fatality in Bainbridge, today I wake up and I’m hearing this,” Wells said. “I just wish that everyone could be a lot safer on the roads."

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