Two people lost their lives in a wrong-way collision on US 441 in Dublin. The fatal wreck took place over the weekend. It was reported to the authorities just after 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 26.
According to the details shared by the Georgia State Patrol, the two vehicles involved in the crash were identified as a GMC Sierra truck and a Volkswagen Jetta.
The driver of the Sierra was traveling the wrong way at the time of the collision on US 441. The vehicle was headed southbound in the northbound lanes of the US 441. This brought the Sierra into the path of the oncoming traffic. The Jetta, which was headed northbound, also came into the path of the Sierra.
This was when the driver of the Jetta swerved to avoid a head-on collision. However, the Sierra still ended up hitting the Jetta on the driver’s side. The collision took place at a high rate of speed.
A total of four people were traveling in the Jetta at the time. These included the driver and three passengers. The driver and the rear driver’s side passenger suffered critical injuries in the wreck. They were identified as Christopher Rountree, 53, and his daughter Elizabeth Rountree, 17, of Marietta. Both died at the scene of the accident.
The other two passengers in the Jetta also suffered serious injuries. Both were transported to the Atrium Navicent Health in Macon. They were identified as Erica Rountree, the wife of Christopher Rountree, and Cate Rountree, their second daughter.
GSP continues to investigate the crash. It isn’t clear at this point exactly why the Sierra driver was traveling in the wrong lane at the time of the collision. For Atlanta accidents like these, the family of the deceased victims, and the surviving injured parties, can seek compensatory damages from the wrong-way driver with the help of an Atlanta car accident lawyer.