Two children killed after car spins into truck

PALMETTO, Ga. (AP) - Two girls, ages 6 and 7, were killed Monday morning when their car spun into the path of a pickup truck in South Fulton County, the Georgia State Patrol reported.

The girls - though wearing seatbelts - were ejected from a black 2000 Mitsubishi Galant that had been headed north on U.S. Highway 29, said Larry Schnall, a Georgia State Patrol spokesman.

''It was one of the worst collisions I've seen in a long time,'' Schnall said.

Killed were Naomi Sutton, 6, and Mariah Meadows, 7. The driver was 29-year-old Ardea Nadine Meadows, who was Naomi's mother and Mariah's aunt. The woman was seriously injured, Schnall said.

The crash occurred shortly after 8 a.m. at the intersection of 29 and Wilkerson Mill Road, near Palmetto.

Despite heavy rains and poor visibility, the Galant was passing other vehicles, Schnall said, recounting witness statements.

The car spun into the southbound lanes, and its rear hit the front of an oncoming Dodge pickup truck driven by an off-duty Fulton County firefighter, Schnall said.

The seatbelts ripped loose from the car's frame, Schnall said. One child was completely ejected and the other was partly ejected, he said.

No charges have been filed, but investigators are still going over the scene. They have not been able to determine how fast the Galant was moving but noted one tire was bald, Schnall said.

The driver of the pickup truck, though distraught, was not seriously injured, Schnall said. He did not immediately identify the man.