Zachary Hansen

Breaking News Reporter

Zach is a breaking news reporter for the AJC. He mostly works on crime, court, weather and traffic stories along with occasional features content. He is a graduate from the University of Georgia and has previously written for The Arizona Republic and Bloomberg. He is also a former AJC intern.

Latest from Zachary Hansen

Delta flight headed to Atlanta struck by lightning, forced to land in Chattanooga
 A Delta flight on its way to Atlanta was stuck by lightning and forced to make an emergency landing in Tennessee on Tuesday afternoon, the FAA said. The flight took off from Milwaukee and landed safely at the Chattanooga Airport around 4 p.m., an airport spokesperson told Channel 2 Action News. None of the 164 people aboard the plane were...

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A Delta flight on its way to Atlanta was stuck by lightning and forced to make an emergency landing in Tennessee on Tuesday afternoon, the FAA said. The flight took off from Milwaukee and landed safely at the Chattanooga Airport around 4 p.m., an airport spokesperson told Channel 2 Action News. None of the 164 people aboard the plane were...
20-year-old jail officer killed in single-car wreck in South Fulton
 A young South Fulton detention officer who had been on the job for only six months was killed last Tuesday after a single-car crash, authorities said. Christopher Phillips, 20, died after his car veered off Old National Highway and struck a brick wall head-on, according to a South Fulton police incident report obtained by Channel 2 Action...

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A young South Fulton detention officer who had been on the job for only six months was killed last Tuesday after a single-car crash, authorities said. Christopher Phillips, 20, died after his car veered off Old National Highway and struck a brick wall head-on, according to a South Fulton police incident report obtained by Channel 2 Action...
WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Evening commute plagued by ponding, ongoing flood warnings
 Tuesday: High: 48 Tuesday night: Low: 40 Wednesday: High: 51 Tuesday’s evening commute got off to a wet and messy start as heavy rain continues to dump on the northern metro area. All the while, a flood warning continues that includes parts of DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties, according to the National Weather...

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Tuesday: High: 48 Tuesday night: Low: 40 Wednesday: High: 51 Tuesday’s evening commute got off to a wet and messy start as heavy rain continues to dump on the northern metro area. All the while, a flood warning continues that includes parts of DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties, according to the National Weather...
WATCH: Video shows masked men rob Gainesville gas station at gunpoint
 Surveillance video shows an armed robbery in Gainesville that took about 25 seconds. For the gas station clerk who stared down the barrels of two guns, it felt much longer. “He said, ‘Everybody freeze. Give me all the money right now. Open that register,’” Vincent Del Vecchio, clerk at the Texaco on Park Hill Drive...

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Surveillance video shows an armed robbery in Gainesville that took about 25 seconds. For the gas station clerk who stared down the barrels of two guns, it felt much longer. “He said, ‘Everybody freeze. Give me all the money right now. Open that register,’” Vincent Del Vecchio, clerk at the Texaco on Park Hill Drive...
2 killed in T-bone wreck in Banks County
 Two people died after a vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign in Banks County, authorities said. Sametrice Johnson, 27, of Athens, and Laquesha Smith, 27, of Commerce, died Sunday afternoon after a crash at the intersection of Ga. 164 and Ga. 59, Georgia State Patrol said. A 2017 Nissan Senta, which Johnson was driving, allegedly failed to...

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Two people died after a vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign in Banks County, authorities said. Sametrice Johnson, 27, of Athens, and Laquesha Smith, 27, of Commerce, died Sunday afternoon after a crash at the intersection of Ga. 164 and Ga. 59, Georgia State Patrol said. A 2017 Nissan Senta, which Johnson was driving, allegedly failed to...
Driver critically hurt after being run over following DeKalb crash
 A man is in critical condition after being run over following a multi-car crash in DeKalb County, authorities said. The incident happened in the 2100 block of South Stone Mountain Lithonia Road on Monday evening, DeKalb County police spokesman J.D. Spencer said. A man got into a car wreck before getting out of his vehicle and being run over...

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A man is in critical condition after being run over following a multi-car crash in DeKalb County, authorities said. The incident happened in the 2100 block of South Stone Mountain Lithonia Road on Monday evening, DeKalb County police spokesman J.D. Spencer said. A man got into a car wreck before getting out of his vehicle and being run over...
3-time felon arrested in SW Atlanta, accused of trying to break into cars
 A three-time convicted felon was arrested Sunday after trying to break into cars in southwest Atlanta, police said. Rafael Franklin, 27, of Atlanta, was spotted pulling on car door handles in the 200 block of Walker Street, Atlanta police said in a Facebook post. Police said they found two ID cards belonging to other people, a screwdriver...

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A three-time convicted felon was arrested Sunday after trying to break into cars in southwest Atlanta, police said. Rafael Franklin, 27, of Atlanta, was spotted pulling on car door handles in the 200 block of Walker Street, Atlanta police said in a Facebook post. Police said they found two ID cards belonging to other people, a screwdriver...
2 teens accused of robbing cyclist at gunpoint on Silver Comet Trail in Cobb
 An 18-year-old and a 16-year-old were arrested and accused of committing armed robberies in Cobb County, including one on the Silver Comet Trail last month, authorities said. Tyrone Jerome Vincent, of Austell, and the underage teen were arrested last Monday after allegedly stealing a cellphone near the East-West Connector, Channel 2 Action...

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An 18-year-old and a 16-year-old were arrested and accused of committing armed robberies in Cobb County, including one on the Silver Comet Trail last month, authorities said. Tyrone Jerome Vincent, of Austell, and the underage teen were arrested last Monday after allegedly stealing a cellphone near the East-West Connector, Channel 2 Action...
WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Rough day on the roads is coming to an end
 Monday: High: 56 Monday night: Low: 46 Tuesday: High: 48 Whether it be an overturned tractor-trailer loaded with broccoli or a construction influx to beat the oncoming rain, Monday was a rough day for Atlanta drivers. Thankfully, Atlanta’s interstates are clearing up as the evening commute nears its end, the WSB 24-hour...

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Monday: High: 56 Monday night: Low: 46 Tuesday: High: 48 Whether it be an overturned tractor-trailer loaded with broccoli or a construction influx to beat the oncoming rain, Monday was a rough day for Atlanta drivers. Thankfully, Atlanta’s interstates are clearing up as the evening commute nears its end, the WSB 24-hour...
Man accused of stealing car from Midtown high-rise parking garage
 Police are searching for a man accused of stealing a car from a Midtown high-rise condominium parking garage last week. The car was stolen from the Spire condos at 860 Peachtree Street on Feb. 5, Atlanta police said in a Friday news release.  The man slipped through the side of the parking gate and began pulling on car door handles and...

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Police are searching for a man accused of stealing a car from a Midtown high-rise condominium parking garage last week. The car was stolen from the Spire condos at 860 Peachtree Street on Feb. 5, Atlanta police said in a Friday news release.  The man slipped through the side of the parking gate and began pulling on car door handles and...
SATURDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Clear skies brighten day ahead of wet weather
 Saturday: High: 65 Saturday night: Low: 52 Sunday: High: 60 With a wet week — or two — on tap, Saturday is set to kick off the stream of rainy days. At least it won’t be raining all day, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Eboni Deon said. A morning that started with some heavy showers quickly became...

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Saturday: High: 65 Saturday night: Low: 52 Sunday: High: 60 With a wet week — or two — on tap, Saturday is set to kick off the stream of rainy days. At least it won’t be raining all day, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Eboni Deon said. A morning that started with some heavy showers quickly became...