Tragic Crash Kills One on Highway 85 in Clayton County, Georgia (GA)
CLAYTON COUNTY, GA- According to 11alive.com, a crash in Clayton County killed at least one individual this week. The incident occurred in the afternoon on Highway 85 at Poplar Springs Road. The initial reports suggested that two people were killed, but officers later corrected that statement and indicated that one person died, and two others were injured in the crash.*
Police stated that an 80-year-old man from Riverdale was traveling northbound on the highway when he attempted to make a left-hand turn. A 36-year-old man from Atlanta was driving southbound and collided with the passenger side of the other car. The impact killed a 78-year-old woman from Riverdale who was in the turning vehicle.
The 80-year-old man was taken to the Grady Memorial Hospital, and the other driver was treated at the Atlanta Medical Center. It appears that three people were in each of the involved cars, but reports did not indicate the conditions of the other passengers.
The Georgia State Patrol is continuing to work to determine the cause of the collision. Officers stated that charges are likely, but that a reconstruction team is still working to understand which driver is at fault.
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