From the Georgia Department of Public Safety Public Information Office, On August 17th, 2023, at approximately 7:30 AM, Troopers from Post 3 Cartersville and Post 43 Calhoun were dispatched to I-75 Southbound near mile marker 308 on a multiple vehicle crash involving two CMV’s and a passenger car. Troopers found one male deceased in the passenger car and a female in critical condition. Both victims were in a 2016 KIA Sorento. The female was transported to Piedmont Cartersville Medical Center. The female died shortly after arrival at the hospital. The preliminary investigation revealed that a tractor trailer hauling a lift was on the west paved shoulder of I-75 south with a slight mechanical issue. The KIA Sorento was on the shoulder behind the tractor trailer. The KIA Sorento was a pilot car for the tractor trailer. The mechanical issue was resolved, and both the tractor trailer and the pilot car re-entered I-75 from the west shoulder. The tractor trailer and the KIA Sorento had established the right travel lane of I-75 but were still at low speed. A second tractor trailer struck the KIA Sorento in the rear. The impact caused the KIA Sorento to strike the rear of the first tractor trailer. Both the KIA Sorento and the second tractor trailer left the roadway on the west shoulder. The second tractor trailer traveled down an embankment still in contact with the KIA Sorento. The KIA Sorento rotated counterclockwise and cane to rest on the embankment facing north. The Second tractor trailer over-turned and came to final rest, still in contact with the KIA Sorento, facing south, laying on its left side. The driver of the second tractor trailer was transported to Gordon Medical center for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the second tractor trailer was from the metro Atlanta area. SCRT Team A is investigating the collision. The investigation is ongoing.
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