Child, 4, killed after tractor-trailer slams into car on I-285

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

A tractor-trailer crashed into a car, killing a 4-year-old girl inside the car, The Georgia State Patrol said.

The crash occurred about 4:30 p.m. Thursday on I-285 near Washington Road in Fulton County.

According to GSP, a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe and a tractor-trailer were stopped in the southbound lanes due to traffic.

“The driver of the first tractor-trailer was following too closely as he attempted to make an improper lane change,” GSP officials said.

The tractor-trailer, driven by James Doyle, 56 of Waycross, also the second tractor-trailer driven by Marcel Savin, 22, of Kissimmee, Florida.

“The second tractor-trailer then traveled into the first lane from the right shoulder and struck the Hyundai on the driver's side rear quarter panel with its front right bumper area,” GSP said.

The Hyundai then traveled into the right side of the road way and hit a guard rail.

Soon-Ae Pyle of Dallas was killed in the crash.

Three other occupants — Trey Pyle, 34, and Tanya Tucker, 29, both of Dallas and Merlita Morrell, 57, of Blountville, Tennesee — were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Charges are pending against Doyle, who was also taken to Grady for his injuries. His condition was not released.

Savin was not injured in the crash.

In other news: