Crash Closes Highway 278

(Updated 1 a.m.) Initial reports indicate two vehicles were involved, and two people were taken to hospitals.

(Updated 1 a.m.) Authorities early Wednesday were investigating the site of a wrong-way crash that sent two drivers to metro Atlanta hospitals.

Maj. Michael Hester of the said the two-vehicle head-on crash, which occurred just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, was the result of one vehicle heading westbound in the eastbound lanes of Highway 278 near Old Harris Road.

“There were no skid marks before the impact, so neither one of them saw the other coming,” Hester said.

One driver, Hester said, was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center, while the other was taken by ground to in Marietta. “Both of them were awake and responsive when they left, so we’re hoping for the best,” he said.

Hester said charges are pending as authorities continue to investigate the scene.

Dallas-Hiram Patch will bring you later today further details should they develop.


The story as we reported it late Tuesday:

A wreck shut down Highway 278 just after 11 p.m. Tuesday, the reported.

Initial reports indicated that two vehicles were involved and that two people were taken to hospitals for treatment—a woman by air and a man by ground.

Sheriff's deputies came to the aid of officers in controlling the scene and redirecting traffic, and Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Brandon Gurley said the Dallas police were likely to turn the investigation over to the Georgia State Patrol.

The Sheriff's Office advised that the investigation would block east- and west-bound traffic for an expected two hours.

Dallas-Hiram Patch is on the scene and will have updates and footage later.


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