State Patrol identifies 5 killed in Georgia interstate crash

AP News
Posted: May 20, 2015 11:07 AM

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia authorities have released the names of five people killed in a fiery interstate crash with a tractor-trailer a few miles west of Savannah.

The Georgia State Patrol on Wednesday said 72-year-old Glenda Adams of Cohutta and 71-year-old Jerry Earnest of Varnell died in one car struck by the tractor-trailer. The others — 39-year-old Wendy Melton of Reidsville; 19-year-old Virgil Moody of Hagan; and 16-year-old Brittanie Altman of Claxton — were in a second car.

The victims died Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 16 after a tractor-trailer smashed into traffic that had been halted by construction.

Police said witnesses reported seeing the tractor-trailer drifting between lanes before the crash. The truck driver survived without serious injuries. The State Patrol said no charges will be filed until after its investigation is complete.