Two people were killed and another was injured in an accident involving a wrong-way driver on Ga. 400 early Wednesday.
Atlanta police say a preliminary investigation shows 24-year-old Frampere Ingle entered the northbound lanes of Georgia 400 while traveling south on Lenox Road. They say she traveled about half a mile and collided head-on with another vehicle traveling in the northbound lanes, killing the driver of that vehicle, 44-year-old Eric Hanks.
Paramedics transported Ingle to Grady Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Authorities say a female passenger who was in the car with Ingle suffered severe injuries and is listed in critical condition. The passenger's name has not been released.
Police are investigating whether alcohol may have been a factor in the accident. They say the wrong-way driver and the passenger were not wearing their seatbelts.
"At that exit, Georgia 400 near Lenox Road, there are clearly signs posted saying ‘Do Not Enter' or "Wrong Way' as you're getting on the freeway on both sides," said Officer Kim Jones of the Atlanta Police Department.
The accident happened around 4:30 a.m., and the lanes were cleared nearly three hours later.
Authorities said they are searching for witnesses to the crash. Toxicology test will be conducted on the body of Ingle. Those results are not expected for a few weeks.
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