Authorities say a man is facing charges after an early morning accident killed one person on Interstate 85 southbound on Tuesday. The accident happened near the ramp leading to the 17th Street exit.
According to police, at around 2:15 a.m. a person was heading southbound on the interstate near the exit when he hit a guard rail. He got out of his vehicle to check the damage when another car hit and killed him.
That car then hit a concrete barricade and burst into flames. When firefighters and police arrived at the scene, they were able to pull Joshua Taylor out of the vehicle to safety, say authorities. Taylor was taken to Grady Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
"They discovered a male inside a burning vehicle. They pulled him from the vehicle. At that point, pretty much saved his life it appears. After that they discovered another male who appeared to be deceased off to the side, in the grassy area off the expressway," said Capt. Adam Lee, III of the Atlanta Police Department.
According to police, they obtained a search warrant for Taylor's blood after he refused to submit to a blood test. Taylor, 35, is facing several charges, including homicide by vehicle. Police say more charges could be pending.
Police say the man found in the grassy area was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released.
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