NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. - Eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 in Newton County are back open after a double-fatal crash Sunday morning.
Georgia State Patrol officials originally reported that five people were injured in a five-vehicle wreck. GSP has since clarified that three vehicles were involved in the crash, which left three people injured.
The accident happened at about 3:30 a.m. near the Salem Road exit.
According to GSP, a 2013 Chevrolet Sonic ran out of fuel and was stopped on the south shoulder. A 1997 Toyota Camry had stopped to help the driver of the Sonic and was parked in the right travel lane.
A 2004 Jeep Patriot being driven by Kevin Poynter, 28, from Conyers struck the Camry in the rear and side-swiped the Sonic. A pedestrian between the Sonic and the Camry was killed and a passenger in the Camry also died in the crash.
Alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor and blood was drawn from Poynter for analysis. Charges will be filed against Poynter, GSP said. The crash remains under investigation.
I-20 eastbound lanes were reopened at about 8 a.m.