UPDATE 2: I-75 reopened following fatal car accident
CATOOSA COUNTY, GA. (WRCB)-- The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a car accident on Interstate 75 that killed three people during the early morning hours.
GSP Trooper Cooper Burt says the crash occurred around 5:30 am, Sunday, near mile marker 343 in Catoosa County.
Burt says the driver of an SUV made their way to the left lane from the center, left the roadway, over-corrected, and rolled several times as a result.
Three passengers, who were not wearing seatbelts, died after they were ejected.
Trooper Burt says a tractor-trailer struck one of the victims lying on the road, but will not face charges. The trooper says the truck driver was unable to stop in time due to the size of the vehicle.
A second car hit debris while passing through, but didn't strike a victim.
The southbound lanes of I-75 were shutdown for over four hours, but have reopened.
The driver was wearing a seatbelt and was taken to a local hospital.
The accident is still under investigation by the GSP. Burt says it is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol are factors.
The victims' identities will be released after family members are notified.
No further information has been formally released.