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A black Ford Explorer, seen on a wrecker, flipped at least 10 times, according to the Conyers Police Department, before coming to rest on the eastbound side of Interstate 20 on Friday afternoon.
COVINGTON — A Covington woman died as a result of a head-on collision with a Freightliner truck Tuesday afternoon, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
GSP spokesman Gordy Wright said Angela Renee Garrison, 43, was taken to Atlanta Medical Center from the scene of the crash, where she later died of the injuries she sustained.
Garrison was traveling north on Ga. Highway 138, just north of Old Highway 138, about 5 p.m. when her 1995 Geo Metro crossed the centerline and struck a 2010 Freightliner medium truck "headlight to headlight," Wright said.
"Mrs. Garrison was trapped in the vehicle," he said.
The driver of the truck, who was from Smyrna, was treated by EMS at the scene and released.
The driver of an SUV on Interstate 20 on Friday afternoon was more fortunate. He walked away with only minor scratches after his vehicle flipped multiple times, going airborne at one point to cross over the median of I-20 in a single-vehicle wreck.
Conyers Police responded to the incident around 2:30 p.m. after multiple 911 calls.
Lt. Jackie Dunn said the man was the sole occupant of a Ford Explorer traveling westbound near the Salem Road exit when one of the Explorer's tires blew out.
"He had a blowout. He lost control of the vehicle and he flipped at least 10 times," Dunn said. "He flipped over the wall and came to rest on the east side of the Interstate."
Dunn said the Explorer went 594 feet from the point of the blow-out to the point where it came to rest. The Explorer apparently did not hit anyone during the acrobatics, but stalled interstate traffic for more than an hour.
The man was treated at the hospital.
"He had minor scratches. He was more shook up than anything," Dunn said. "At this point, we're not anticipating any charges. (The accident) was due to a blowout, which he couldn't have foreseen."
Rockdale Citizen reporter Alena Parker contributed to this report.