Teenager cited after crashes leaves several injured on I-75 Friday morning in Catoosa County
According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report, on Friday, May 29th, 2020, around 4:30 AM, a 2003 Mazda PC being driven by Dakota Swanson, 19 of Hixson, TN, was traveling south on I-75 in the left lane. The Mazda was traveling too fast for the wet conditions of the roadway and lost control. The Mazda traveled across all lanes of travel and off the right side of the roadway. The Mazda struck the guardrail with its front. After impact, the Mazda traveled back on to the interstate and came to its final area of uncontrolled rest in the middle lane, facing south. Swanson advised me hat he swerved to avoid hitting something in the roadway and lost control of his vehicle. Swanson could not advise me what happened after that. Swanson kept changing his statement throughout this crash investigation. Swanson, along with two passengers Joshua Pickett, 18 of Fort Oglethorpe, and a 16-year-old all suffered minor injuries. According to a second crash report, the Mazda was stopped in the middle lane of I-75 southbound just passed a hillcrest. The Mazda was disabled from the previous single-vehicle crash. A 2016 Ram 1500 being driven by Wallace Scruggs, 61 of Chickamauga was traveling south on I-75 in the middle lane. Thew Ram struck the rear driver side of the Mazda with its front passenger side. After impact, the Mazda rotated in a clockwise direction and came to its final area of uncontrolled rest in the middle and left lane, facing north. After impact, the Ram traveled off the left side of the roadway and came to its final area of uncontrolled rest in the median, facing south. Scruggs advised that he did not see the Mazda until it was too late. Scruggs was not injured in the crash. According to a third crash report, the Mazda was disabled partially in the middle lane and partially in the left lane from two previous crashes, facing north. A 2016 Peterbilt TK being driven by Rodney Partridge, 51 of Hampton, GA, was traveling south on I-75 in the middle lane. A 2012 Honda Civic, being driven by Stevaney Souci of 30 Ringgold, was parked on the left shoulder. The Peterbilt traveled over a hill crest on I-75 and struck the front of the Mazda with its front. The Peterbilt lost control and traveled off the left side of the roadway. As the Peterbilt began to jackknife, its passenger side trailer struck the rear of the Honda. After impact with the Peterbilt, the Mazda moved back and came to its final area of uncontrolled rest in the left lane, facing north. After impact with the Honda, the Peterbilt overturned and struck the guard rail and came to its final area of uncontrolled rest partially in the median and partially in the left lane of I-75 northbound, on its side. After the impact with Peterbilt, the Honda came to its final area of uncontrolled rest in the median, facing south. Partridge advised that he was traveling south on I-75 in the middle lane. Partridge advised hat he did not see the Mazda in the middle of the interstate. Partridge advised that he was unable to avoid striking the Mazda. Souci advised that she pulled over to check for injuries from the previous two crashes when the Peterbilt struck the Mazda, before striking her vehicle. Souci was not in her vehicle at the time of the crash. This crash investigation was determined by roadway evidence, vehicle damages, driver's statements, and dash camera video from the tractor-trailer. According to the report, two 10-year-olds in the Honda were seriously injured in the crash and transported to TC Thompson in Chattanooga by Puckett EMS. The driver of the Mazda was cited for failure to maintain lane, too fast for conditions and no insurance.