Calhoun man seriously injured in fiery crash on I-75 Wednesday evening in Whitfield County
According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report, on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020, at around 5:10 PM, a 2003 Mercedes Benz SL500R being driven by Donald Cooley, 75, of Calhoun, was traveling north on I-75 in the left lane. A 2007 Toyota Tundra being driven by Devin McGraw, 52 of Chattanooga, was parked on the right shoulder of I-75 northbound. The Mercedes failed to maintain its lane and traveled off the left side of the road, and struck the guardrail with its driver's side. After impact, the Mercedes traveled across all lanes where it struck the driver's side rear of the Toyota with its front. After the impact with Toyota, both vehicles caught on fire. Cooley was unable to make any statements on the scene. McGraw advised that he had pulled over on the right shoulder because he ran out of gas. McGraw advised that he was outside of his vehicle when he observed the Mercedes coming toward his vehicle. A Witness from Colorado advised that he observed the Mercedes traveling up the interstate and did not notice anything unusual with the Mercedes before it traveled off the road and struck the guardrail. Cooley was seriously injured in the crash and was transported to Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton.