BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. –
A collision between two tractor trailer trucks on Interstate 75 in Bartow County on Wednesday claimed the lives of three people. Traffic was snarled near Cassville White Road.
Georgia State Patrol said that at about 1:50 in the morning, a truck that was traveling via northbound on the interstate went off the roadway, hit a guardrail before hitting a concrete pillar that supports an overhead signage on the southbound side. The truck then rolled over and started catching fire.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, the signage fell and was struck by another tractor trailer truck that was heading via southbound lanes wherein the incident made the truck driver lose control of the vehicle and ended up going down an embankment.
The two occupants of the northbound truck, 43-year-old driver George Benjamin White and his 36-year-old passenger Jermaine Duriel Smith were killed in the incident. The other truck driver traveling southbound, 58-year-old Hugh Duling III from Powder Springs, also perished in the incident, according to Georgia State Police.
All lanes were temporarily closed for several hours. Traffic was backed up in the area for several miles. The lanes later reopened by to in the afternoon.
Several interstate drivers said that it appears that one involved vehicle had burned a section of the road surface and crews worked to repair the damage and were able to learn more about how the incident had happened.
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