Emotional callers frantically called for help to report a wrong-way driving incident on Interstate 85 near Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. The resulting crash killed two people, including the wrong-way driver, on Wednesday.
"He's flying down the wrong way," was how one caller to 911 described the driver of the wrong-way vehicle.
A wrong-way driver in a pickup truck southbound in the northbound lane of Interstate 85 collided head-on with a truck pulling a trailer just before 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Police say a third vehicle was also struck.
"I just watched a truck just running down the wrong way. He just ran head-on and turned into a fireball. Oh, my God," said another caller to 911, as he described the collision. "The truck was hauling, going southbound in the northbound lanes, and he dodged a couple people and then he came headlong into some kind of commercial truck."
Jeffrey Justus was one of several motorists who ran over to see what they could do.
"It was a just a bad scene. I was just at the right place at the right time and reacted like I would hope anyone else would do," said Justus.
Justus saw an unconscious passenger in the truck struck head-on by the wrong way driver. The driver could communicate, but seconds is all Justus and the other Good Samaritans had.
"There was a lot explosions and popping and banging going on in the little truck. And under the hood of his truck – I remember him screaming, saying he couldn't get out," said Justus.
Justus and others were able to get that driver out. He remains hospitalized at Grady Hospital. However, his passenger, 49-year-old Christopher O'Day, of upstate New York, died from injuries.
The wrong-way driver, 49-year-old William Wright of Florida, was also killed.
Police officials are concerned about the holiday weekend, as most accidents of this type happen due to a driver being impaired. Officers said that a DUI task force will be on patrol in search of impaired drivers.
Sources indicate that the wrong-way driver had been involved in a separate crash a short distance away. Investigators believe that driver left the scene of that accident, saw a police cruiser and panicked, a source told FOX 5's Morse Diggs. He then ended up going the wrong way on the interstate.