State patrol: Suspect riding stolen motorcycle dies in Polk County accident, boosting the state’s Independence Day weekend fatality count to 26. Also: 3 of the seven fatalities from NE Georgia collision from Paulding County.

State patrol: Suspect riding stolen motorcycle dies in Polk County accident, boosting the state’s Independence Day weekend fatality count to 26. Also: 3 of the seven fatalities from NE Georgia collision from Paulding County.

From AccessWDUN: Law enforcement personnel detour holiday traffic off Interstate 85 southbound near Carnesville while emergency personnel work to clear a five-vehicle wreck that claimed seven lives Saturday afternoon.

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From the state: Traffic crashes across Georgia during the July Fourth holiday travel period resulted in 26 traffic deaths.  This year, the holiday travel period was 102 hours long.  It began at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 513 traffic crashes resulting in 307 injuries, and 17 fatalities.  In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 422 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 12,554 citations and 16,846 warnings were issued. I


One person has died in a Polk County accident in what the Georgia State Patrol described as a suspect on a stolen motorcycle attempted to elude Polk County Police. The latest:

A stolen motorcycle was traveling east on U.S. 278.  The rider of vehicle, identified as Jeffrey Dwayne Johnson, 32, of Marietta, was actively attempting to flee from a fully marked Polk County Police vehicle.  The Polk County officer lost visual of motorcycle near the intersection with Ga. 113.  The rider continued fleeing at a high rate of speed on U.S. 278.  As the rider negotiated a slight downhill curve, he lost control of the vehicle.  The motorcycle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment with its right side.  After striking the embankment, it then hit multiple small trees.  It continued and struck a larger tree and came to a final stop. Johnson, the rider, sustained fatal injuries because of the crash. The investigation is continuing.

From AccessWDUN, Paulding victims: Three of the seven people killed in the Northeast Georgia collision that took seven lives are from Paulding County. They’ve been identified as Chris Years, 33, Ashley Years, 34, and Luna years, 3, all of Paulding County. They were riding in a Ford Excursion. Expanded report

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Twenty-six people died on Georgia roads this long Independence Day weekend with seven people perishing in a horrible accident on Interstate 85 near Carnesville in Northeast Georgia.

AccessWDUN reports it was a five vehicle accident with seven victims and others injured that occurred at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Please click here to read the original report.

The Georgia State Patrol reports that a Ford Excursion was traveling north on Interstate 85 near mile marker 160 when, for unknown reasons, the Excursion crossed through the median and entered southbound lanes of travel.  “The Ford Excursion struck a Chevrolet van which was traveling south in the left lane,” according to GSP. “This caused the Chevrolet van to strike a Ford E350 van that was traveling in the right lane.”Two more vehicles were involved but received only minor damage from debris from the first two impacts, according to GSP.

“At this time, there are three confirmed fatalities from the Ford Excursion,” according to GSP. “Three more of its passengers were transported by EMS. One of those is in critical condition. The other two occupants are stable at this time. There were a total four occupants in the Chevrolet van. All four were confirmed fatalities on the scene.”

Family notifications have not made, so names and ages of victims are unavailable.

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