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Published on May 20, 2024
Four Dead, Five Hospitalized in Chain-Reaction Crash on I-75 in Bartow CountySource: Unsplash/ Scott Rodgerson

A catastrophic collision on Interstate 75 in Bartow County claimed four lives and sent five to the hospital on Sunday evening. Georgia State Patrol disclosed that a Kia van veered off course while traveling north and entered the southbound lanes, instigating a chain-reaction crash involving several vehicles. The multi-vehicle incident occurred around 6 p.m. near mile marker 286, as reported by WSB-TV Atlanta.

Among the deceased were two adults and a 15-year-old from the Kia, and the driver of a Toyota 4Runner. Their names have not been made public, according to Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton. The aftermath of the crash saw the driver of a Chevy Tahoe airlifted and two children from the van, an adult, and another child from a Hyundai SUV hospitalized, their conditions remaining undisclosed. The southbound lanes of the roadway closed, with cars creeping along at a snail's pace, finally reopening past 10 p.m., as per the Georgia Department of Transportation via FOX 5 Atlanta.

"My husband saw cars flipping, and I sat up because I was trying to take a nap, and I watched the back end of the wreck," one anonymous witness involved recounted to FOX 5 Atlanta. The devastated mother shared how she and her husband stopped to help extract victims from the wreckage. She recollected how a commercial truck hit the already damaged Kia and Toyota, and then a Hyundai SUV collided with the rear of the Chevy, more chaos adding in the moments following the impact.

Dishearteningly, some passersby were spotted filming the scene rather than offering assistance, as the same witness emotionally told FOX 5 Atlanta. "I was like, 'If there are people trapped in that car, and it's about to catch on fire, I don't care if their chances of living are slim to none, we are going to help,'" she said, casting a bleak light on the differing reactions of onlookers amid disaster.

The incident, marked by twisted metal and spilled fluids, brought to light the suddenness with which tragedy can strike on the road and the profound and distressing impact it has on lives. It as well left a community grappling with the loss and the stirring accounts of those who stepped forward at the time when help was most needed.