As of Monday, July 8, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Crash on I-85 South
Three vehicle crash on I-85 South. Tractor trailer involved in the accident kept driving.
DULUTH — Police investigators are questioning the driver of an 18-wheeler who left the scene of a fatal crash on Interstate 85 Monday afternoon.
A female passenger in an SUV was ejected and later died as a result of her injuries, and two children were transported to the hospital after the accident, said Gwinnett Police Cpl. Jake Smith. The children and the male driver are expected to survive.
At about 1:20 p.m., Smith said three vehicles were driving along I-85 southbound at about the Steve Reynolds Boulevard bridge, when an 18-wheeler changed lanes, clipping a Nissan Pathfinder, which then hit a box truck.
The Nissan crossed out of the roadway and up an embankment, flipping over the guardrail and rolling over several times before coming to a stop on the Steve Reynolds entrance ramp, Smith said.
The driver of the 18-wheeler did not stop at the accident scene, but police located him at his destination in Cobb County several hours later. Police have questioned the driver, although charges have not been filed. Smith noted that charges in fatal crashes often do not come until the conclusion of an investigation.
The interstate lanes and ramp had reopened by 4 p.m., after accident investigators processed the scene.