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Drugs, guns found after deadly crash shut down I-20 for hours, police say

ATLANTA — All lanes of Interstate 20 eastbound have reopened after a deadly crash closed them for hours Tuesday morning.

Police tell Channel 2 Action News that one person died and at least six people were taken to the hospital following the three-car crash. The vehicles involved were mangled and crushed beyond recognition.

The wreck happened just before 4 a.m. Tuesday. The interstate was shut down for more than four hours as police investigated. All lanes reopened just after 8 a.m.

Channel 2's Audrey Washington learned the victim killed in the crash is Demetrius Cotton, 31, of Atlanta.


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Washington spoke to the victim’s family by phone. 

They told her that another driver slammed head-on into him.

Police said a large bag of marijuana and two guns were recovered from the crash site. 

They are still investigating how the crash happened.

Triple Team Traffic advised drivers to avoid taking I-20 eastbound into downtown during the investigation. Traffic was diverted onto Winthrop Street from I-20 by police.