Two Women Killed in Wreck With Tractor-Trailer and Jeep
Two women are dead after a crash involving a tractor-trailer and another vehicle Tuesday afternoon in Gwinnett County. And police are trying to determine why the 85-year-old driver turned left from the “fast lane” of Ga. 316 westbound, avoiding the turn lane in an attempt to make it onto Winder Highway.
Around 3 p.m. witnesses called 911 to report the wreck at Ga. 316 and Winder Highway, according to Gwinnett County police. When officers arrived at the scene, they found an overturned Jeep Grand Cherokee and the two women unresponsive inside, police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said.
The passenger, 56-year-old Deirdre Hudson, of Snellville, was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver transported to the hospital where she later died, Pihera said. The 48-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured, police said. Investigators said Alfred Harris was traveling eastbound on Ga. 316 toward Athens in the slow lane when the crash happened.
Lula Rome, of Snellville, was driving the Jeep westbound on Ga. 316 toward Lawrenceville in the fast lane when “for unknown reasons” she attempted to make a left turn from the “fast lane” onto Winder Highway, Pihera said.
“As she was performing this maneuver, she turned into the path of the tractor-trailer, and the vehicles collided,” Pihera said. “The tractor-trailer jack-knifed and came to rest just beyond the intersection, and the Jeep overturned coming to rest in the grass.”
The relationship between the women was unclear, but incident reports showed both lived at the same address in Snellville, according to a media report. The crash happened about two miles from Ga. 316’s intersection with Harbins Road where two teenage brothers were killed in a collision on Oct. 30.
One Killed in Forsyth County Crash
One man is dead after a crash Tuesday morning in Forsyth County.
The crash happened at 11:53 a.m. at the intersection of McFarland Parkway and the Ga. 400 northbound on-ramp, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. When officers arrived at the scene they found a driver unresponsive with an obvious head injury, spokesman Deputy First Class Epifanio Rodriguez said.
Investigators said 49-year-old Franklin Smith, of Gainesville, was driving a white 2006 Toyota Corolla on McFarland Parkway and was turning left onto Ga. 400 northbound on-ramp when he was struck by another vehicle.
A red 2011 Ford Mustang that was traveling westbound on McFarland Parkway entered the intersection and struck the front passenger side of the Corolla, Rodriguez said. Investigators said Smith had the green arrow to make the left turn onto Ga. 400. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition and passed away later in the afternoon, Rodriguez said.
The crash is still under investigation, but deputies said charges are pending against the other driver. Deputies are also investigating two other crashes that happened in the same area, Rodriguez said. All three crashes happened within a three-hour period and one person was injured in one of the additional crashes, he said. It’s unclear the severity of that person’s injury.