Separate accidents on the same stretch of Interstate 20 in Warren County killed one motorist and injured five others Wednesday morning.
Both wrecks involved single vehicles and occurred when the drivers fell asleep while traveling west on I-20, authorities said.
Amy Byrd Moore, 58, of Columbia, died of blunt force trauma a little after 6 a.m. when her Nissan Pathfinder ran off on the southside shoulder, back onto the road, and then crossed both lanes of traffic, authorities said.
The sport utility vehicle spun around twice and went onto the north side of the interstate, where it struck a tree on the driver's side door, officials said. Ms. Moore's body was taken to the crime laboratory in Atlanta for an autopsy, Warren County Coroner Paul Lowe said.
The second accident happened at about 9 a.m., said Georgia State Patrol Trooper T.W. Crafton.
He said the 16-year-old driver of a van, Jason Honwei, fell asleep as she entered a curve. As the van entered the median, she awoke and jerked the steering wheel, causing the van to veer back across the median before it hit a tree and turned over on its side.
Trooper Crafton said the driver and four passengers, all from Charleston, S.C., were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
An MCG official said that passenger Robert Tu, 19, was treated and released and passenger Jen Ping Tu, 76, was in good condition.
The official said Jason and passenger Luying Tu, 52, were not listed in patient records at the hospital. Trooper Crafton said he did not know the name of the fourth passenger.
Reach Albert Ross at (706) 823-3339 and Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 109.
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