Two dead in weekend accidents
by Jessica Loeding
Aug 23, 2010 | 5681 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A pedestrian was killed about 5:45 a.m. Sunday near mile marker 291 on Interstate 75 north. The man was struck by a vehicle, with the vehicle, its driver and the pedestrian then being hit by a tractor-trailer. JESSICA LOEDING/The Daily Tribune News
A pedestrian was killed about 5:45 a.m. Sunday near mile marker 291 on Interstate 75 north. The man was struck by a vehicle, with the vehicle, its driver and the pedestrian then being hit by a tractor-trailer. JESSICA LOEDING/The Daily Tribune News
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Two people, including a pedestrian, were killed in a 12-hour span over the weekend on Bartow County roads.

In the first incident, a motorcyclist died after being ejected into oncoming traffic Saturday evening.

Georgia State Patrol personnel said Lowell Thomas, 70, of Jonesboro was traveling northbound on Sandtown Road in Acworth on a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle. As he approached a curve, he braked, laid over on the right side of the bike before flipping to the left side, according to the GSP. The force of the roll ejected Thomas into oncoming traffic where he was struck by a 2008 Ford Focus traveling south.

Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene. GSP said speed did not appear to be a factor and alcohol tests were pending.

A second crash early Sunday morning claimed the life of another along Interstate 75.

GSP personnel in Cartersville confirmed about 6:15 p.m. that a man was killed about 5:45 a.m. near mile marker 291 when a tractor-trailer struck a vehicle and two people.

According to GSP, the man -- a pedestrian -- was struck just north of exit 290 by a vehicle. That driver stopped to check on the man, when a tractor-trailer attempted to avoid the pair but struck the two and the motorist's car.

The pedestrian was killed and the motorist injured. Bartow County EMS said they believe the motorist was taken to Floyd Medical Center, but that was not certain.

All inquiries from the media were directed to the GSP public information department, which had not returned phone calls as of press time Sunday.

GSP reported no other serious injuries in the 24 hours through 6:15 p.m. Sunday. Cartersville police reported three accidents Saturday with no injuries.