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Hit-and-run accident shuts down interstate


  • By Rebecca Leftwich
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  • Dec. 16, 2016 - 1:16 PM

A hit-and-run accident shut down Interstate 85 for almost an hour on Thursday morning.

The accident occurred around 5:45 a.m. near mile marker 52 when an Infiniti traveling southbound was struck from behind by a black sedan, according to Trooper Bryce King with the Georgia State Patrol.

The Infinity then rotated counterclockwise and was struck by a Dodge Ram pickup truck.

After striking the Infinity, the pickup truck then spun clockwise and was struck by an 18-wheeler, according to King, who said the driver and sole occupant of the Infiniti escaped uninjured from the car before it caught fire.

Three occupants of the pickup were taken to an Atlanta hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to King, but the driver of the black sedan allegedly fled from the scene after hitting the Infinity.

Several witnesses described the sedan as traveling at a high rate of speed without any taillights, King said, which made it difficult to get an accurate description of the vehicle.

Investigators are checking with local gas stations off the interstate to see if there were any witnesses who saw a car matching the description with heavy front-end damage.

The accident is pending further investigation by the Georgia State Patrol, according to King.  

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Clay Neely: clay@newnan.com, @clayneely