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Updated: Fatal Crash Closes I-75

The driver of a Ford F-350 was killed on the southbound side, authorities said.

Updated, 10:10 p.m.

The clean up under way and interstate expected to open back up in a short time, authorities identified Scott Edward Thurmon, 54, of Kennesaw, as the driver killed in the crash. His F-350 pick-up truck hit the left side of the tractor-trailer at the fuel tank, which caused a fire, Wright said.

Original Report

One person was killed and another injured in a fiery crash that has closed Interstate 75 in Cartersville, spokesman Gory Wright said shortly before 6 p.m.

Troopers are working the crash at mile marker 290, where both a Ford F-350 and the tractor-trailer it hit head on caught fire. Wright said the Ford was northbound, but crossed over, striking the southbound big rig.   

The driver of the F-350 was killed. The tractor-trailer driver sustained burns on his upper body, but is expected to survive. 

The interstate remains closed going south.

Bill Thrasher April 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Any interstate highway, particularly I-75 is a dangerous place on its best day. Massive amounts of four wheel and eighteen wheel traffic just a few feet apart couple with the ever present chance that a driver will text, get otherwise distracted, sneeze, have a psychotic episode or a heart attack. Any of these episodes can mean tragedy.not only for the one having them but for others as well. I-75 is a dangerous place. Drive carefully.
Claudia April 16, 2012 at 01:57 PM
You make it sound like its the tractor trailer drivers fault in most cases. They are some of the best drivers out there.
A Better Choice Driving School, LLC April 16, 2012 at 02:58 PM
We were unexpectedly caught in the I-75 shut down last night after leaving a wedding in the Chattanooga area and trying to return home. While it's frustrating to be stuck in non-moving or creeping traffic for hours, it's always a time to think about why the interstate is shut down (usually a traffic fatality) and send up a quick prayer for the families involved.
jeffrie c panzer December 19, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I've seen it everyday somebody driving and doing something else while they are driving instead of paying attention to the task at hand, the other day I seen a young woman sitting behind the wheel with 2 kids in the back just texting away and not paying attention to her driving, put the phones down people are dying because of that, its just plain stupid to operate a ph while driving, so quit being stupid people

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