COVINGTON — A 19-year-old Covington man died Tuesday afternoon when the car he was riding in collided with an 18-wheeler in the westbound lanes of Interstate 20, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Michael Dylan Dunn of Covington was dead at the scene.
The driver of the Acura Integra was a 19-year-old Conyers man who was taken to Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer was a 42-year-old Tunnel Hill man who was unharmed.
The crash occurred between exits 92 and 93 around 4:40 p.m.
"Preliminary indication is that an Acura Integra was westbound on I-20 when the driver lost control and hit the median wall," said GSP spokesman Gordy Wright Tuesday about two hours after the crash. "The vehicle crossed the lanes of traffic traveling out of control and was hit in the driver's door by a westbound tractor trailer in the right lane. A passenger in the Integra was ejected from the vehicle and was hit by the tractor trailer."
Immediately following the crash, all but one lane of the section of I-20 between Alcovy Road and Ga. Highway 142 was closed to rush hour traffic, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Deputy Courtney Morrison. Units from both the NCSO and the Covington Police Department were on the scene to assist with traffic.
Also, a 16-year-old student was involved in a crash Monday afternoon as she left Alcovy High School on Ga. Highway 36, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
“The (juvenile female) pulled from the driveway of the school to turn left, lost control on the wet pavement, left the roadway and overturned,” said GSP spokesman Gordy Wright, adding that her seatbelt was in use.
He said the girl was transported by ground ambulance to Walton Medical Center. Her condition is unknown.
On Saturday afternoon, there was a single vehicle crash on Gum Creek Road, 1/10 of a mile north of Dial Mill.
Wright said around 3:55 p.m. a 1986 Corvette being driven by a 21-year-old Covington man was northbound on Gum Creek negotiating a curve.
“The vehicle crossed the centerline, came back into the lane, the right wheels left the road on the right side, then the vehicle crossed both lanes of the road, left the road on the west side, became airborne, landed on its wheels, and then struck a tree.” Wright said.
The man was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center and was charged with failing to maintain lane.