A deadly multi-vehicle crash on I-75 North in Clayton County started when a driver rear-ended a car stalled in the left lane, according to new details police released Tuesday.
When police arrived on the scene just before exit No. 233 about 8:20 a.m. Monday, 24-year-old Gene Mushrush was in the roadway with serious injuries, Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said.
Mushrush died on the scene.
According to Marbury, there was a limited amount of space on the left shoulder of the roadway, and the driver of the stalled vehicle “was unable to maneuver the vehicle to a position that was completely clear of the left lane of travel.”
As the driver and passenger waited for help, Mushrush’s Toyota 4Runner hit the stalled vehicle and sent it spinning into oncoming traffic, Marbury said.
The impact of the crash caused Mushrush’s vehicle to go into a barrel roll, according to police.
Mushrush, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the SUV.
Another car hit the stalled vehicle, which continued to spin in the middle of I-75 before colliding with a passing tractor-trailer.
The driver of the tractor-trailer did not appear to know the truck was hit and kept driving, Marbury said.
For about three hours, the investigation into the crash blocked northbound lanes of I-75. Lanes reopened just before 11:30 a.m.
Lydia Arrington, the driver of the stalled vehicle, and passenger Hailey Hinds were taken to a local hospital, where they were treated and released, Marbury said.
“Investigators have advised that there will be no charges filed in this crash,” she said.
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