1 dead, 1 critically injured in 5-car crash in Clayton County

One person died and one was critically injured in a crash early Sunday morning on I-75 South in Clayton County, according to a news release from the police department.

When officers arrived at the accident scene around 5 a.m., one vehicle was on its roof, one was on fire and three others had sustained “extensive” damage, the release stated.

Southbound lanes of the interstate near Tara Boulevard were closed for several hours as authorities investigated the crash, a police spokesperson said.

One victim, who succumbed to injures, was struck by an unknown vehicle and knocked over the median wall into the emergency lane of I-75 North. The driver of another vehicle was struck and knocked into another lane. That driver was transported to a hospital in critical condition.

The accident is still under investigation. The department did not release the names of those involved.