Interstate 20 was reopened after being closed in both directions following two crashes Friday morning, one of which was fatal.
The first crash happened at about 9:50 a.m. A vehicle was traveling westbound on I-20. As the vehicle attempted to change lanes, it struck a second vehicle. The driver was unable to maintain control and the vehicle overturned. The driver was ejected from the vehicle.
Police identified the driver as Schemacta Bass of Riverdale. Authorities said that Bass was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. Bass was injured and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.
At about 9:55 a.m. a second accident happened involving a flat-bed that was traveling eastbound on I-20. The driver witnessed the crash on the eastbound side and pulled over to render aid.
A van, which had been following the flat-bed too closely, struck the right-rear of the truck, which was still partially in the far-left traffic lane.
Georgia State Police said that that impact of the crash caused the driver of the van to be ejected. 47-year-old James Tatro of Villa Rica was fatally injured.
42-year-old Derrick Adams of Austell, who was the driver of the flat-bed truck was uninjured.
EMS, the Atlanta Fire Department, and Grady Ambulances assisted with the scenes.
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