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Fourth Wrong-Way Driving Accident in Atlanta Metro in Two Weeks


Posted on Sep 30, 2012

We have previously reported on three other wrong-way accidents in Atlanta metro that have occurred within days of each other. This recent wrong-way crash was the fourth in just two weeks. According to the Fulton County police, this traffic accident took place on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, around 3:15 p.m. in the afternoon. 

Sadly, this wrong-way wreck was a double fatal crash that left a sole survivor. The crash occurred just south of the Interstate 285 interchange, near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, on I-85 in Fulton County. 

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office released the identity of the wrong-way driver as 49-year-old William B. Wright, of Florida. According to police, he was driving a pickup truck in the wrong direction on I-85 northbound and hit another truck head-on.  According to Fulton County Police Detective Melissa Parker, the larger truck was pulling an enclosed trailer.

The collision occurred just past the I-285 off-ramp when the two men in a truck were hit head-on by the smaller pickup truck, driven by Wright. The driver of the other truck was  Gary Tucker, 62, and he was injured, but his passenger and brother-in-law Christopher O’Day, 49, was killed in the wreck and died at the accident scene. 

Upon impact, the trucks ignited. A witness rescued Tucker from the fiery wreck. He was admitted to Grady Memorial Hospital with critical injuries. Apparently he has had one surgery and will likely have another for treatment of his injuries. 

Our Atlanta auto accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane Smith would like to offer our best wishes to Mr. Tucker for a full recovery, and we would like to extend our condolences to the families and friends who have lost their loved ones in this crash.

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Shane Smith
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