In just the past two weeks there have been 4 wrong-way car accidents in the Atlanta metro area. Police are concerned about the increase in these wrong way type of crashes because they are usually caused by a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is especially worrisome as the Labor Day holiday weekend is upon us and that means an increase in drinking and partying.
Evading The Police, Drugs & Alcohol Involved In String Of 4 Deadly Head On Car Accidents
The most recent wrong-way crash happened on Wednesday, August 29, as reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, when a small truck was driving southbound in the northbound lanes near the exit to Old National Highway and the I-285 interchange. The truck hit another vehicle head-on and resulted in the deaths of both the driver of the small truck and a passenger in the vehicle which was hit. Although this accident is under investigation, it is believed the truck driving the wrong way was trying to elude police after having been involved in an earlier accident.
Another head on collision that took place in Gwinnett County a week earlier caused serious injury to 5 people, including a 12 year old child. The driver at fault in that accident was believed to be under the influence of the drug Propofol. Earlier that same day 22 year old Carlyn Royball of Alpharetta was killed when she drove north in the southbound lanes of Florida 400 and hit an SUV head on. The driver of the SUV suffered broken bones.