A man was killed in an accident on I-85 this morning.
Units from Plainview and Jefferson Fire/Rescue along with Jackson County EMS responded to Interstate 85 Southbound at the Dry Pond exit in Jefferson on a reported vehicle accident with injuries on Monday morning around 2:30 a.m. Two vehicles were involved in the accident with injuries in both.
A van was struck by a tractor trailer. Two people in the van were transported to the hospital. One was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville in serious condition and the other was transported to Northridge Medical Center in Commerce with moderate injuries.
The tractor trailer came to rest on top of trees in between the expressway and Bill Wright Road. The driver of the vehicle was partially ejected and still on top of the unit.
After an extensive extrication process the driver was freed and transported to NGMC in critical condition. The man later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
No other injuries were reported. Traffic was slowed for several hours due to the incident. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident.
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