Two drivers were left critically injured after a head-on collision on the Downtown Connector.
The car wreck occurred in the early morning hours of Tuesday, December 8, when a man was driving north, the wrong way, in the southbound lanes of I-75/I-85. The speeding car collided with a woman who was driving south in the southbound lane of the Connector. The accident left both drivers trapped in their cars.
Both of the drivers were taken to Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital. The male driver has severe head injuries. The female driver is suffering from severe internal injuries. Both drivers are in critical condition.
The man was arrested for reckless driving, serious injury by motor vehicle, and driving the wrong way. Charges for driving while intoxicated are pending.
The crash closed all lanes of the southbound connector as police investigated the crash and cleared the wreckage. The interstate was reopened around 5:30 a.m.
Atlanta’s Downtown Connector is one of the most congested stretches of highway in the United States, and has a high concentration of dangerous and aggressive drivers. Drivers often move at high speeds just to keep up with traffic; this makes the Atlanta Connector an especially dangerous road for drivers.