Child, woman killed in separate I-85 accidents

BUFORD - An afternoon accident involving at least four vehicles on southbound Interstate 85 resulted in the death of one child, and one other child was listed in critical condition.

The four-car accident on the interstate near Hamilton Mill Road was dispatched at 4:49 p.m., Saturday, according to the Fire Department.

According to police, the driver of a Toyota Corolla was changing lanes on northbound I-85, lost control of the vehicle and crossed over the grass median into southbound traffic.

The Corolla collided into three other vehicles - a GMC SUV, a Jaguar and a Honda Civic.

Several people involved in the accident were transported to area hospitals. Two adults and two small children were in the Corolla. Both adults were transported to North Fulton Hospital with critical injuries.

One of the children was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other was air-lifted to Scottish Rite Children's Hospital with critical injuries.

Cpl. Beverly Genevish, spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County Police Department, said the child was between the ages of 5 and 8 years old.

Northbound Interstate 85 was shut down until about 6:30 p.m., while the southbound side was blocked off for most of the afternoon.

Additionally, what was reported as a single-car accident on I-85 earlier in the day resulted in the death of a woman.

The accident occurred earlier on southbound I-85 near Indian Trail.

The woman was thrown from the vehicle and killed, Genevish said.

Information as to whether she died instantly, en route to Gwinnett Medical Center or when she arrived at the hospital was not available.

This accident is also still under investigation.

Genevish is urging motorists to use caution at all times, especially in areas where vehicle travel at high rates of speed.

"Slow down. Take 10 extra minutes. It's not worth your life," she said. "Leave the house early. Give yourself extra time."