One of the worst accidents in memory on U.S. 411 near Kingston Elementary has claimed one life and critically burned another.
According to the Georgia State Patrol preliminary report:
On Aug. 30, at 10:12 p.m., the Georgia State Patrol Post 3 Cartersville was requested to investigate a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 411 in Bartow County. A tractor trailer was traveling west near mile marker 5. A 2014 Nissan 370Z was traveling east near mile marker 5.
The tractor trailer crossed the grass median, entering into the east lanes and struck the front of the Nissan 370Z. After impact, the Nissan came to an uncontrolled rest and caught on fire. The tractor trailer continued west in the east lanes before exiting the roadway off the south side. The tractor trailer then overturned onto its left side, traveled down the embankment, striking several trees as it came to an uncontrolled rest. The tractor trailer also caught on fire.
The driver of the Nissan 370Z, Mr. Jeremy Matthew Pereira, 18 years old of West Newbury, Mass., suffered fatal injuries. The passenger sustained severe burns to his body and was transported to Floyd Medical Center (he’s since been transferred to the Augusta Burn Center). The tractor trailer driver suffered lacerations to his face and was also transported to Floyd Medical.
The Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is assisting with this investigation.