A driver was struck by a car and killed on I-75 near Cobb County after getting out of his SUV on the interstate. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

2 killed in 2 accidents overnight on I-75

Two men are dead after two separate accidents on I-75 overnight.

The driver of a Toyota 4Runner clipped a car near the Downtown Connector near Williams Street about 1:30 a.m. The driver of the Toyota died instantly, when his 4Runner flipped and hit the wall, police said.

He was driving at “a high rate of speed when he attempted to change lanes to avoid several vehicles that had stopped in the roadway due to a broken down vehicle,” Atlanta police said in an email.

The driver was not ejected, police said, but suffered major trauma and died on the scene. The driver of the second vehicle was taken to Atlanta Medical Center for minor injuries and is expected to be OK, police said.

A second accident left a man dead and shut down lanes on I-75 near Mount Paran Road about 4 a.m.

Police said the driver of a 2002 Acura MDX was headed north on the interstate when the driver drifted off the roadway and struck the guardrail.

The accident disabled the vehicle and left it sticking in the roadway with no emergency equipment.

When the man got out of the SUV, a car struck and killed him. The driver of that car, who wasn’t hurt, apparently didn’t see the SUV nor its driver.

Police are investigating whether or not alcohol was involved with either crash.

Atlanta has major events going on all Labor Day weekend including Dragon Con and The AJC Decatur Book Festival. Public transportation is recommended to avoid traffic.

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