Three killed, six injured in Gainesville crash - CBS46 News

Three killed, six injured in Gainesville crash

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Three people are dead and six people were taken to the hospital after a semitruck slammed into a car.

The accident happened in Gainesville at the intersection of Highway 365 and Howard Road at 1 a.m. Friday.

Police told CBS Atlanta News Friday morning the driver of a pickup truck was turning left when he was hit by the semitruck. A car and Jeep then became involved in the accident.

"It's believed that the vehicle did pull out in front of the tractor-trailer," Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said. "The semi did overturn, at which point another vehicle was struck."

Andie Hume was in the Jeep with her mother and brother. She suffered only minor injuries.

"All I remember is turning out and us getting hit and then just spinning out of control," Hume told CBS Atlanta News.

The cousin of the pickup truck driver who died went to visit the scene Friday afternoon.

"He had a lot of friends," said Gregory Stephens. "He was a good person, real friendly. I swear half of Gainesville was probably his friend."  

As of late Friday, police had not released the victims' names. Of the six injured, one remained hospitalized in satisfactory condition.

"It's one of the worst accident scenes that I've seen in my career, and we are investigating to see if any charges will be filed," Holbrook said.

The accident scene was massive and stretched the length of a football field.

Authorities told CBS Atlanta News multiple crashes happened after the initial accident due to poor visibility.

The truck driver works for Fieldale Farms, a chicken processing company.

Drivers in the area said the traffic light was recently installed at the intersection. However, they said the speed limit is 65 miles per hour and the crossing is still dangerous.

"It happens all the time, not the accident per se, but people running the lights and speeding up and down," said Jenne Griffin, who lives near the intersection. "It's just a hazard. It's a tragedy, but something absolutely needs to be done."

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