One Fatality Reported in DeKalb County Multi-Vehicle Crash
DEKALB COUNTY, GA. – October 11, 2018 (ajc.com) According to an online news report from ajc.com, a multi-vehicle crash October 11 on Interstate 20 in DeKalb County, Georgia, led to the death of one person.*
At approximately 2:30 a.m. on October 11, a wreck involving seven to nine vehicles occurred on I-20 East, just before the Interstate 285 interchange. Authorities released few details regarding the circumstances of the crash, but it appears the accident was related to the effects of Hurricane Michael, which was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved across Georgia.
“I think there’s little doubt that this crash … [was] a result of driving on wet pavement as the remnants of Michael came through metro Atlanta,” said Traffic Center reporter Mark Arum.
Six or seven people were injured in the crash and transported to nearby hospitals for treatment. Their current medical conditions are not known. At least one person died in the collision. The victim’s identity has not yet been released.
The crash shut down the interstate for more than six hours. Outbound traffic on I-20 was routed off at Columbia Drive during this time. All lanes reopened around 9 a.m. on October 11. Authorities are still investigating the crash and have not released additional information at this time.
DeKalb County is located in the north-central part of the state of Georgia. It has an estimated population of 753,000, and its county seat is Decatur. The county’s major roadways include Interstate 20, Interstate 85, Interstate 285, and Interstate 675.
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, vehicle accidents in DeKalb County have more than doubled in the last several years. In 2012, a total of 15,743 vehicle accidents occurred in the county, leading to 3,775 injuries and 76 deaths. By 2016, those numbers jumped significantly, rising to 39,383 total accidents, 10,158 injuries, and 80 deaths.
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