Runaway tire kills driver on I-85 in DeKalb

A motorist was killed Friday morning when a tire came off a pickup truck and crashed through the windshield of an oncoming minivan on I-85 in DeKalb County.

The incident happened before 8:30 a.m. north of Clairmont Road.

DeKalb police told Channel 2 Action News that a Dodge pickup truck was northbound on the interstate when one of the truck’s tires came off and flew over the median wall.

The tire struck and killed a 47-year-old woman driving a minivan in the southbound lanes, according to Channel 2.

The minivan driver, whose name has not been released, died at the scene. A 16-year-old passenger was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston for evaluation.

The three left lanes of I-85 southbound were blocked by the investigation, leaving the three right lanes open.

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