One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash on I-285 in Atlanta on the morning of Wednesday, March 3. The fatal rear-end collision on Interstate 285 was reported to the authorities around 11:30 a.m.
According to the details shared by the Georgia State Patrol, the two vehicles involved in the accident were identified as a 2021 Freightliner tractor-trailer and a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Both vehicles were traveling in the northbound lanes of the I-285 at the time.
The Chevrolet Silverado was traveling closely behind the tractor-trailer. As the two vehicles reached the stretch of the highway between the Cascade Road exit and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive exit, traffic caused the tractor-trailer to slow down. However, the Silverado driver failed to slow down in time. This caused the car to crash into the rear of the tractor-trailer at a fairly high rate of speed.
GSP identified the driver of the Silverado as Robert Johnston, 41, of Hiram. The rear-end collision with the tractor-trailer caused extensive damage to the front of the Silverado. Johnston sustained critical injuries in the collision. After the accident was reported, paramedics and first responders rushed to the site of the crash. Their attempts to revive Johnston failed and he was pronounced dead on the scene of the accident.
The driver of the tractor-trailer remained largely safe in the incident. He was not identified by the authorities. Any formal charges in connection with the crash are unlikely.
Following the accident, police closed down the northbound lanes of the I-285. This was done so that on-site investigations and cleanup could be conducted. The northbound lanes remained closed to traffic for several hours and were reopened at around 3 p.m. GSP continues to investigate the two-vehicle crash on I-285.
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