5 Dead, Including 3 Children, Following Fatal Car Accident in Atlanta

Lorenz Duchamps
By Lorenz Duchamps
March 12, 2020US News
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5 Dead, Including 3 Children, Following Fatal Car Accident in Atlanta
An ambulance in a file photo. (Steve Marcus/File Photo via Reuters)

Atlanta authorities said five people are dead, including a 19-month old, following a fatal accident Wednesday night involving a sedan and a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) bus.

Multiple people were injured in the crash that happened in northwest Atlanta on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway near Bolton Road just after 10 p.m., according to Atlanta police.

CNN affiliate WGCL reported a Nissan Sentra crashed head-on into the MARTA bus, after which the Sentra hit a nearby tree, ejecting three people from the vehicle.

The Sentra carried a total of seven passengers, the outlet reported.

Atlanta Police Capt. F. Turner told WSB-TV2 three children, a 17-year-old teenager, and a 22-year-old were killed in the crash. The children were aged 19 months, 4, and 12.

“Twenty-five years on the PD, this is the worst accident that I’ve come across,” Turner said.

Only the driver of the Nissan Sentra—a 32-year-old unidentified individual—and a 15-year-old passenger survived the crash.

The two individuals were transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition following the accident, police said.

So far there has been no update on the victims’ conditions.

The MARTA bus driver was also hospitalized with minor injuries, MARTA spokeswoman Stephany Fisher said in a statement.

Police said no passengers on the MARTA bus were injured in the fatal crash.

Turner said there was also a third car involved. “That vehicle made minor contact with the Nissan Senta after the collision with the MARTA bus,” Turner told WSB-TV2.

According to Fisher, the occupants of that car were not injured.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but authorities believe speed may have been one of the factors involved.

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