Clayton County police are investigating a wreck that left two children dead Tuesday, Officer Hal Weiner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The crash happened when a woman drove her Honda Accord from a subdivision on Scott Road on to Ga. 138 near Riverdale and was hit by a semi-truck, Weiner said.
“He had the right of way,” Weiner said. “We don’t know whose fault it is yet, but she entered the intersection and was T-boned.”
A 5-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl were killed, he said.
The road was busy, but traffic normally travels near 55 miles per hour around 4:30 p.m., the time of the accident, he said. Investigators are trying to determine if speed was a factor, he said.
A surveillance camera captured the crash, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Police believe the woman was the mother of the children but that has not been confirmed, Weiner said. The investigation will continue Wednesday and right now there are conflicting witness statements, he said.
The woman, whose leg was injured, was distraught when transported to a hospital. The truck driver, who appeared uninjured, was transported to a hospital for observation.
Joy Adams, who showed up at the scene, told Channel 2 that the truck driver was her 44-year-old brother, Cecil Adams.
“My brother is devastated — he loves kids,” she told the news station. “He went back to try to get the kids out of the car and said the little boy looked at him and then took his last breath.”
The truck was not pulling a trailer, Weiner said, which may have accounted for the woman’s survival.
A portion of Ga. 138 was closed for several hours for the investigation, he said. Police are not releasing the identities of the victims until next of kin are notified.