HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - A 10-year-old girl was killed in a wreck on Interstate 75 in Henry County Thursday morning.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, nine passengers were ejected from a Mercury Mountaineer after it flipped and rolled down an embankment along I-75 northbound at Mile Marker 212 near the Tanger Outlet Mall just after 8 a.m. The SUV flipped several times, ejecting everyone inside.
Investigators said the driver of the SUV was changing lanes and overcorrected as the vehicle veered into the middle Lane. At that point, investigators said the driver lost control causing the vehicle to flip and hit a Nissan Sentra. The Sentra crashed into the guardrail slightly injuring the driver.
The GSP said the passengers inside the Mercury included six children and three adults:
- Sonia Benitez, 31, of Fort Smith, Arkansas (driver)
- Maria Quevedo, 46, of Van Buren, Arkansas
- Enlisa Rivas
- Christopher Grandados-Cabrera, 10
- Daira Grandados-Cabrera, 5
- Esau Ballinas, 16
- Joselin Ballinas, 9
- Angelica Ballinas, 10
One of the children, 10-year-old Angelica Ballinas, was killed. Three of the adults were rushed to Atlanta Medical Center as paramedics rushed the five surviving children to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.
All northbound lanes of I-75 northbound were shut down after the wreck and caused major delays.
Troopers said the crash remains under investigation and at this point and there has been no mention of any pending traffic charges.