2 dead, 1 injured in horrific South Fulton County crash

SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — A busy South Fulton County roadway has reopened hours after a horrific early-morning crash Thursday.

Channel 2′s Kristen Holloway was at the scene on South Fulton Parkway in Union City, where police blocked the road at Stonewall Tell Road.

The Georgia State Patrol said at around 4 a.m., a 2015 Kia Optima was traveling east on South Fulton Parkway when it crashed into several trees. After hitting the trees, the car rotated and the backseat section of the car separated.

The 24-year-old driver and 25-year-old backseat passenger, both men, were ejected in the crash and died at the scene.

A front-seat passenger was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she was reported to be in critical condition.

The victims were identified as 24-year-old Julius Antwan Vickers and 25-year-old Kemoni Lavarous Watts. The surviving passenger was identified as Cherina Denise Vickers, 33.

A driver who recently moved from New York told Channel 2′s Tom Regan that South Fulton Parkway could use some safety improvements, especially where trees are on the median.

“Maybe some guardrails to help people from running off the roads into the trees,” Jonathan Pack said.

The names of the victims were not released, and police have not yet determined the cause of the crash.

Traffic was backed up about a mile in the hours after the crash.