Update: Other victim in I-75 fatal crash in critical condition, 2 killed
ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Two people were pronounced dead at a Saturday car wreck that also involved car fires, according to the Georgia State Patrol (GSP).
Around 10:42 p.m., a car accident occurred on I-75 southbound, between exits 55 and 49 going towards Valdosta.
A car traveling in the right lane was heading south when a tractor-trailer rear-ended the car. The car then crossed I-75 southbound and made contact with the traffic barrier wall.
The tractor-trailer also crossed I-75 southbound and made contact with the wall, sandwiching the car between the wall, according to GSP.
The tractor-trailer continued traveling on the shoulder of I-75 southbound against the concrete wall.
GSP said the tractor-trailer’s fuel tank was punctured during the accident and not only caught the tractor-trailer on fire but also the car.
The driver of the car involved had severe burns and was airlifted to a Florida hospital. GSP said his condition has worsened and he is currently in critical condition.
The driver and a passenger in the tractor-trailer were pronounced dead at the scene. They were identified as John and Alyssa Jewell-Barrett.
Troopers said there was no fog or rain during the time of the accident. GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team was not called in to investigate.
GSP is still investigating the accident.
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