NORCROSS, Ga. (CW69 News at 10)
A GCPD officer was injured while trying to extricate a driver from a fiery crash early this morning on Interstate 85.
At around 1:30am, officers assigned to the West Precinct were dispatched to an injury crash on Interstate 85 northbound in between Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Indian Trail Lilburn Road in unincorporated Norcross. The 911 caller stated that one vehicle was on fire.
Officers arrived within minutes of the original call. One GCPD officer approached a truck which had visible flames. He attempted to extricate the unconscious driver and was injured in the process.
The driver of the truck died as a result of his injuries.
The officer was treated for his minor injuries at a local hospital and eventually discharged.
There were two vehicles involved, a pickup truck and an SUV. Kyle Persing (age 32, Ochlocknee, GA) was traveling northbound on Interstate 85 near the Center Way bridge in his white Ford F150 pickup. The other driver was traveling the same direction in a white Nissan Rogue. Though the details of this crash are still under investigation, investigators believe that the driver of the F150 may have either lost control or changed lanes and struck the Nissan Rogue causing both vehicles to veer into the center median wall.
The F150 overturned several times and eventually caught fire. The driver of the Nissan Rogue was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.