The passenger in a wrong-way head-on collision died late Wednesday night at the hospital, making him the second to die in the crash and the fifth life claimed in four wrong-way collisions in two weeks.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’ Office has identified the man as Mr. Christopher O’Day, 49, of Canastota, NY.
The fiery crash happened about 3:20 p.m. after the driver of a pick-up truck heading southbound in the northbound lane of I-85 collided head-on with another pickup truck at the I-285 interchange, Fulton County police spokeswoman Det. Melissa Parker said.
The wrong-way driver’s truck burst into flames and the man died at the scene, Det. Parker said.
The second pickup’s driver and his passenger, Mr. O’Day were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where Mr. O’Day died sometime later.
So far, police don’t know the names of the others involved in the wreck. They also don’t know where the driver got onto the interstate or why he was going the wrong way.
The examiner’s office said it may be days before they can identify the driver since his vehicle caught on fire.
The deadly crash is the latest in a line of deadly wrong-way crashes in the metro Atlanta area.
Last Friday, wrong-way driver Ms. Carlyn Royball, 22, died in head-on collision with an SUV on Ga. 400.
Last Friday night, six people were injured in a wrong-way crash on Ga. 316 at Winder Highway in Gwinnett County.
On Aug. 15, Ms. Frampere Ingle got on Ga. 400 going southbound in the northbound lanes around 4:15 a.m., then slammed head-on into a car driven by Mr. Eric Hanks. Both drivers were killed.
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