The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that another fire due to a crash on Interstate 85 occurred at the same spot as a deadly Saturday accident.
The incident occurred on Monday before 6:30 a.m. and involved a stolen vehicle as well as a driver that fled the scene. The crash was located near Jimmy Carter Boulevard, about a mile south from the weekend crash that saw the interstate engulfed in flames.
The Georgia State Patrol reported that a driver who was behind the wheel of a stolen 2019 Dodge Challenger rear-ended a Toyota Camry as the vehicles approached the Norcross exit. The impact from the Dodge hitting the Toyota caused the Toyota to flip, and then hit a tractor-trailer in the next lane.
The Toyota impacted a barrier wall and became engulfed in flames. The driver of the Dodge left the scene on foot and is still at large.
One driver was assessed by medics and then transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.
The fire was extinguished quickly, but several northbound lanes were blocked until the wreckage was cleared at around 8 a.m. The accident on Monday did not damage the roadway like the fiery crash on Saturday.
In Georgia, unless there are serious injuries or a death is involved, the crime of hit-and-run is a misdemeanor in most cases. When an accident occurs, all drivers involved are expected to pull over and contact the police to file a report. If anyone needs medical assistance, those involved are expected to call 911. Leaving the scene before the police arrive and make a report is seen by the law as an attempt to avoid responsibility for the accident. This is because Georgia is a fault state, meaning that the at-fault driver pays all costs associated with the accident.
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