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Fiery car crash on I-20 injures 1, suspect still sought
I20 crash
Three cars sit crashed on the side of I-20 following an accident Friday morning. - photo by Bryan Fazio

One car caught on fire in a three-car wreck on I-20 eastbound, about a half-mile from exit 80, that happened around 11:30 a.m. Friday morning. One driver sustained minor injuries, and the suspect fled the scene of the accident.

The incident occurred when two vehicles traveling Eastbound on I-20 in Conyers collided near the West Avenue exit. The suspect, an unidentified black male who was driving a Camero, struck the median wall. The Camero came back across the roadway and clipped a Taurus driven by a female. The collision caused her to travel off the roadway and hit a fence, all the while spinning out of control. Her vehicle then continued to flip onto the driver’s side. The female driver was un-injured, and the passenger in her vehicle was taken by ground ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center with minor injuries.

The Camero continued on and struck a black Toyota pickup truck that was parked in the emergency lane by the side of the road. After that collision, the Camero continued until it came to a rest in the ditch by the roadside, where it caught fire. The driver exited the vehicle and reportedly fled on foot. Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as a light skinned black male wearing a white T-shirt and black pants. Witnesses state that the male had visible head injuries, but the extent of his injuries are unknown. Local hospitals were notified with a description of the male suspect in case he seeks treatment. Witnesses say that the suspect ran from the vehicle towards Smyrna Road.

Traffic on I-20 was reportedly backed up to at least Sigman Road. The interstate was closed for approximately 45 minutes while the accident was cleared and investigated, according to the RCSO.

The investigation, as well as the search for the suspect in the crash, is ongoing.