Head-On Crash on Hwy 36 in Butts County, Georgia, Tragically Kills Five People
BUTTS COUNTY, GA. – According to a news report posted online at wsbtv.com, a head-on vehicle crash that occurred on Georgia Highway 36 in Butts County, Georgia, tragically killed five people. The crash began as a police chase, according to the report, and authorities had called off the chase before the suspect vehicle crashed into another vehicle that was not involved in the pursuit.*
The events of the crash began in the early evening on Interstate 75 in Monroe County, Georgia. The Butts County Sheriff’s Department, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, and WSB-TV report that around 5:30 p.m., a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a Chevrolet Impala traveling on I-75. It is not clear what direction the Chevy was headed or why the deputy initiated the stop.
Instead of pulling over, the driver of the Chevy sped away from the deputy. The deputy pursued the suspect to the approximate area of mile marker 198, then called off the chase for safety reasons. The Chevy then exited the interstate and drove onto Highway 36. The vehicle nearly struck a Butts County Sheriff’s vehicle head-on while driving east in the westbound lane of the highway. The report said the vehicle was traveling more than 110 mph.
The Chevy then ran off the roadway at Nathan Thaxton Road and overcorrected, after which it crashed head-on into a pickup truck. WSB-TV reports that the collision caused the tragic deaths of two people in the pickup truck, including a 72-year-old woman and a 76-year-old woman. Two other people in the truck, the 79-year-old male driver and a 76-year-old man, were seriously injured.
In addition, WSB-TV reports that the three people riding in the Chevy tragically died from their injuries. Their ages were 23 (the driver), 25, and 26. Authorities are still investigating the crash at this time.
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