Driver in wrong-way Henry County crash to face charges, police say

A driver who allegedly plowed the wrong way through nine barriers in the I-75 express lanes in Henry County before a head-on crash Friday is expected to face charges after he recovers at the hospital, officials said Monday.

Henry County police will obtain warrants for the driver, who has not been identified, police Capt. Joey Smith said in a statement. He did not say what charges the driver might face.

Authorities said the man driving a small sedan was trying to head southbound early Friday morning when the reversible lanes were flowing north for the morning commute and crashed head-on into another vehicle, according to police. That vehicle was then hit from behind by a third northbound vehicle.

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The sedan went through eight warning stop arms and one large metal barrier gate before entering wrong-way traffic, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Police Sgt. John Davis said Friday that preliminary findings suggest the driver of the sedan may have been intoxicated.

The two other drivers were treated for minor injuries and were released Friday, Smith said.

GDOT, meanwhile, said they are investigating the crash.

“It's important for us to go back and look at this scenario and look to see if additional safety measures are needed to prevent this,” GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale told Channel 2 Action News. “We're going to go look and see what additional safety measures would be needed.”

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