Troup woman killed on I-85

By ELIZABETH MELVILLE elizabeth@newnan.com The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a fatal wreck that happened in Coweta County Monday evening on Interstate 85 northbound at mile marker 37. Four people were in the at-fault vehicle, and one person died as the result of her injuries. The deceased has been identified as 27-year-old Amanda Johnson of Troup County, according to Coweta County Deputy Coroner Bart Henson.
Johnson, an adult male and Johnson's two children were traveling on the interstate in a white Jeep Liberty around 7 p.m., according to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Derek Jackson of the GSP post in Newnan. Jackson said that exactly who was driving the vehicle remains under investigation. Witnesses say they saw the Liberty traveling "recklessly and at a high rate of speed" leading up to the three-vehicle crash, according to Jackson. The Liberty rear-ended a Volkswagen Jetta that had a single occupant. The driver of the Liberty lost control and struck a second vehicle, a Kia sedan, causing both the Liberty and the Kia to travel onto the east shoulder of the interstate. The Liberty continued and struck a tree head-on, according to Jackson. Authorities arrived at the scene to find Johnson lying at the rear of the Liberty. She was later pronounced dead as the result of internal injuries suffered in the crash, according to Henson. Her body was taken for autopsy. The Kia contained a female driver and three small children. All of them were transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital for evaluation. None had serious injuries, Henson said. The driver of the Jetta also did not appear to be injured seriously. The adult male and two children in the Liberty were all transported to area hospitals. One of the children was flown by helicopter ambulance to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. The remaining two were taken by ground to Grady Memorial Hospital. They were all last listed in stable condition, according to authorities. The GSP's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) is investigating the cause of Monday's crash, and charges are pending.

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