By: Kevin Karel & Andrew Carter & Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
***UPDATE: 12/22/12 9:14pm***
Authorities have identified the two victims that lost their lives Friday afternoon in a fiery crash on I-75 in Bartow County.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, the Ford Expedition that was struck by a tractor trailer truck and left the road to crash into an overhead sign support post was driven by 29-year-old Maria Tabuena from Calhoun. Also inside, was 4-year-old passenger Melina Trichell. Reports indicate that the entire vehicle was engulfed in flames.
GSP troopers continue their search for the truck that left the scene of the accident. It is described as having a late 90’s “long-nose” Peterbilt tractor, maroon in color. It was pulling a silver trailer with damage to the right side. Witnesses also claim the tractor and trailer were both very dirty.
The wreck occurred around 1:25pm Friday at Exit 293 on I-75. Tabuena’s vehicle was traveling northbound in the right lane when the tractor trailer changed lanes and struck her vehicle on the left side. The expedition ran off the road on the right side, struck a guardrail then hit the sign post before bursting into flames. The truck continued on northbound.
Anyone with any information about the truck or may have witnessed the deadly wreck is asked to call the Georgia State Patrol Post in Cartersville, at 770-387-3701.
A fiery crash on Interstate 75 in Bartow County Friday afternoon has claimed two lives and the Georgia State Patrol is looking for the tractor-trailer involved that left the scene of the accident.
According to reports from the Georgia State Patrol, a vehicle traveling northbound in the right lane at exit 293 was forced out of its lane, hitting a guardrail, before striking an overhead sign support pillar and bursting into flames. The accident occurred at approximately 1:25 p.m. Friday, closing all northbound lanes of the interstate.
Troopers and officers are on the lookout for the driver of the tractor-trailer involved. The rig is described as a long-nose Peterbilt, maroon and silver in color with damage to its right side. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Georgia State Patrol in Cartersville at (770) 387-3701.
The identities of the two victims have not yet been released.