September 30, 2011 - DeKalb County, Ga. - A teen and another driver were seriously injured in a wrong-way accident that occurred on Interstate 85 on Thursday, September 29.
WSBTV reports that the accident happened at about 2 a.m. According to DeKalb County police, a Buick Regal driven by a 21-year-old man was driving north on the interstate in the southbound lanes.
DeKalb police Lt. David Covington said the motorists who called 911 on the Buick reported the vehicle to be speeding in the middle lane of the interstate.
The Buick crashed head-on into a Ford Focus, near the Clairmont Road exit.
The 19-year-old female driver of the Focus was trapped in her vehicle following the accident and had to be freed by fire rescue crews.
Both of the drivers were transported to Grady Hospital to be treated for serious injuries. Both of their conditions are said to be stable.
Officials suspect that the driver of the Buick may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Charges in connection with this accident are pending. The accident is under ongoing investigation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 Georgia Crash Statistics, there were 1,284 fatalities as a result of car accidents in Georgia.
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