2 dead, including suspect, after chase ends in crash, shuts down I-75, police say

BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. — Interstate 75 northbound shut down for hours after a deadly crash Monday morning near the Bartow County-Gordon County line.

NewsChopper 2 flew over the scene where the crash occurred at mile marker 304 by the Ga. 140 and Folsom Road exit.

According to the Calhoun Police Department, officers responded to reports of a suspicious person driving a possible stolen vehicle at the RaceTrac gas station at around 5:45 a.m. in Calhoun.

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When officers tried to stop the vehicle, they said the driver sped away and traveled east on Highway 53 to the Calhoun bypass, then turned right to head back west toward I-75.

The suspect drove onto I-75 at speeds exceeding 90 mph.

Police say that during the pursuit, the suspect swerved into an officer’s patrol car, causing the suspect to lose control of their vehicle.


The driver was ejected from their vehicle and died at the scene. During the crash, the suspect’s vehicle struck an oncoming vehicle and caused one serious injury.

That injured person was life-flighted to a hospital.

Another two crashes happened during the incident. Another person died during one of those additional crashes.


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