Witnesses said tractor-trailer ran red light, killing 2 in wreck



The Georgia State Patrol has identified two people killed in a Wednesday morning wreck, along with the truck driver involved in the crash that shut down parts of a busy Douglasville road.

The wreck happened at about 11:30 a.m. on Interstate 20 near Thornton and Blairs Bridge roads in Douglasville.

Authorities said several others were also injured in the wreck that occurred after a tractor-trailer ran a red light and collided into a car.

State patrol officials said the tractor-trailer - driven by 64-year-old Robert John Sansom, of Colorado - T-boned a Nissan Sentra.

The Nissan driver Michelle Kamika Chinnis, 35, of Smyrna died after being extricated from the car. Her passenger, 44-year-old Tracy P. Downer, of Atlanta, was pronounced dead at the scene.

As News Chopper 2 flew overhead, the car could be seen stuck underneath the cab of the trailer.

Authorities said based on witness statements, the tractor-trailer had run a red light just before running into the Nissan.

A total of six vehicles were involved in the wreck. Ten others were treated from the wreck.

Sansom, the tractor-trailer driver, was not injured in the crash. Any charges from the crash will be pending the completion of the investigation, officials said.

Affected lanes have since been reopened.


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