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.


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.