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2 killed in accident involving wrong-way driver on I-85N

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FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -

Two people were killed and another person injured in an accident involving a wrong-way driver on Interstate 85 at Interstate 285 in Fulton County on Wednesday, police said.

According to Melissa Parker of the Fulton County Police Department, a wrong-way driver in a pickup truck southbound in the northbound lane of I-85 collided head-on with a truck pulling a trailer just before 3:30 p.m.

The wrong-way driver was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. Two people from the other vehicle were transported to Grady Hospital, where one later died, according to the medical examiner's office. He was identified as 49-year-old Christopher O'Day of Canastota, New York. O'Day's driver has not been identified and is recovering.

FOX 5's Morse Diggs talked to Arnold Gray, who captured video of the truck driving the wrong way. (CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO)


"It was just headlights coming towards me and I was slowing down a little bit because I didn't know which way he was going to be going," said Gray.

Gray swerved to avoid the driver. Seconds later, the crash occurred.

"It was just kind of surreal. It's like what was he doing coming this way and I just had to react to it," said Gray.

Police have not determined the identity of the driver of the wrong-way vehicle. They say his body was burned beyond recognition.

Investigators are reviewing 911 calls to try to determine where the wrong-way driver entered the freeway. Police also say toxicology tests will determine if drugs or alcohol were involved.

The Fulton County Police Department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact them.

All northbound lanes and three southbound lanes of I-85 were closed after the accident.

The crash is the fourth involving a wrong-way driver in the last several weeks.

Over the weekend, a driver slammed into another car on Georgia 316 near Dacula, injuring two people.

Last Friday, Carlyn Royball died after she struck another car-head on along Georgia 400 in Sandy Springs.

On August 15, Frampere Ingle got on Ga. 400 in the wrong direction, killing herself and another driver. Police believe that in that case, Ingle had been drinking.

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