Two Have Died after Wrong-Way Collision Involving Police Chase
HENRY COUNTY, GA.– according to wsbtv.com, two are dead after wrong-way crash involving a police chase.*
According to local authorities, two people have died in an accident that began as a police pursuit early on Tuesday morning. Per the Georgia State Patrol, the Henry County law enforcement attempted to pull over a stolen Mazda CX9 on Interstate 75 northbound at approximately 2:00 a.m. The Mazda proceeded to exit the interstate at exit 222 on Jodeco Road. The driver then turned around and entered the northerly lane of Interstate 75. Upon doing so, the Mazda then slammed into a Ford F150 in a head on collision. Upon impact, the Mazda burst into flames.
The driver of the Mazda was transported to a local hospital where the individual later died. The passenger of the Mazda was also taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Authorities said that two people were killed in a crash that started as a police chase early Tuesday morning. The driver of the Ford F150 succumbed to his or her injuries and died at the scene of the accident. A photographer who arrived at the scene indicated that the crash was of an intense nature, that the road barrier began to melt away due to the blaze.
As a result of the accident, traffic had to be detoured onto Jonesboro Road, at exit 221. Drivers were forced to use Highway 19/41 or United States Route 23/42 as alternatives.
This accident involved a police pursuit that turned deadly. According to nationwide statistics, a person dies in a police related pursuit each day. Per the University of Washington’s research, they have released the following data:
- Every year, there are about three hundred deaths in the United States that occur as a result of police pursuits;
- Just over thirty percent of the deaths happened to those who were not part of the police chase; and
- Law enforcement have double the rate of vehicular accidents per million vehicles driven by the public.
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