Three people were killed in a wreck on Interstate 75 in Bartow County on Wednesday. The accident, involving two tractor trailer trucks, snarled traffic near Cassville White Road.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, at around 1:50 a.m. a truck traveling northbound on the interstate left the roadway, struck a guardrail, and then hit a concrete pillar supporting an overhead sign on the southbound side. The truck rolled over and caught fire.
The GSP says the sign fell and was hit by another tractor trailer truck traveling in the southbound lanes. They say the driver lost control and went down an embankment.
The driver of the northbound truck, 43-year-old George Benjamin White, and his passenger, 36-year-old Jermaine Duriel Smith, were killed. The driver of the southbound truck, identified as 58-year-old Hugh Duling III of Powder Springs, was also killed, said the GSP.
All lanes were closed for several hours, backing up traffic in the area for miles. The lanes reopened around 2 p.m.
Some interstate drivers said it appeared that one of the vehicles from the crash burned part of the road surface. Crews worked to repair it and learn more about how the crash happened.
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