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4, including pregnant woman, unborn child, killed in I-75 S crash

Updated: Mar. 25, 2021 at 5:43 PM EDT
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LAKE PARK, Ga. (WALB) - Four people, including a pregnant woman and her unborn child, were killed after a crash on I-75 South in Lowndes County Thursday around 7 a.m., according to Georgia State Patrol (GSP).

Originally, WALB was told early Thursday there were three fatalities but GSP could only confirm two.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m., Lowndes County Coroner Austin Fiveash said the woman’s unborn child is the third victim.

Jonathan Rickett, Kelsey Smith and her unborn child were killed in the crash. Smith’s husband Austin was originally flown to the hospital in critical condition. On Saturday, officials said he died.

GSP said they were on the way to Florida to meet up with family after dropping off their semi load.

GSP said a preliminary investigation shows that a tractor-trailer was stopped in the travel lanes of I-75 South, possibly because of a mechanical failure. A second tractor-trailer was stopped behind it.

A trooper said a third tractor-trailer rear-ended the second one and pushed it forward into the first one.

The third one caught on fire and all south lanes of I-75 were shut down.

This is still an active scene and the crash is still under investigation.

The Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is assisting in the investigation. The lanes are still being cleaned from debris.

GSP said two lanes are now open.

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Posted by Georgia DOT - Southwest on Thursday, March 25, 2021

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