On Sunday, January 27, 2013, one person was killed and three people were injured in a chain reaction crash in Atlanta. According to officials, this deadly accident took place on I-285 southbound just after Campbellton Road in southwest Atlanta.
Around 9:00 p.m. a sedan veered off the road, hit a guardrail, traveled back into the highway, and was hit by a pickup truck also traveling southbound on I-285. Upon impact, the sedan burst into a ball of fire. This set off a chain of events, police stated. As a result of the collision and car fire, an approaching semi-truck lost control of his rig and ended up in a ditch beside the expressway because the truck driver attempted to avoid the flaming accident.
The driver of the passenger vehicle that caught on fire was pronounced dead at the accident scene. A passenger inside that sedan was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. Due to the chain reaction, two drivers from the other vehicles were also taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for medical care. The passenger in the sedan was last listed in critical condition and the other two drivers from the pickup truck and tractor trailer were listed in stable condition.
The accident closed all southbound lanes of Interstate 285 for about six hours for cleanup and investigation. No charges have been made at this time, as the Atlanta Police Accident Investigation Unit is still conducting their investigation.
Shane Smith Law wishes all those injured in this Atlanta crash a full and fast recovery, and extends our deepest condolences to the family and friends who lost their loved one in this wreck.