Update: 11 p.m. 12/21/12
The search for the tractor trailer involved in the fatal crash Friday afternoon in Bartow County continues. Georgia State Troopers have interviewed several witnesses attempting to gather information to identify the truck. The lookout for a late 90's "long-nose" Peterbilt tractor, maroon in color, and pulling a silver trailer with damage to the right side is still valid. Witnesses describe the tractor and trailer as "very dirty".
The crash killed Maria Tabuena, age 29, from Calhoun, and her passenger, Melina Trichell, age 4. They were traveling in a 1998 Ford Expedition northbound in the right lane of I-75 at Exit 293 around 1:25 p.m. when the tractor trailer changed lanes from the center lane to the right lane and struck the Expedition in the left side with the right side of the trailer. The truck continued northbound while the Expedition ran off the road on the right side, struck a guardrail, hit an overhead sign support post and then became engulfed in flames.
Anyone with information about the truck and the driver, or anyone who may have witnessed the crash, is asked to call the Georgia State Patrol post in Cartersville. The telephone number is 770-387-3701.
Updated 5:40 p.m. - 12/21/12
The Georgia State Patrol is searching for a tractor trailer that forced a passenger vehicle out of a travel lane Friday afternoon on I-75 in Bartow County near mile marker 293. The crash occurred around 1:25 p.m. when the truck forced a passenger vehicle onto the emergency lane northbound. The vehicle struck a guardrail, left the road, struck a sign structure and burned. There are two confirmed fatalities in the crash.
Troopers are searching for a tractor trailer described by witnesses as:
A Peterbilt tractor, red in color and very dirty. The trailer is silver with no markings, also very dirty, and will have damage in the middle on the right side.
Anyone with information on the vehicle or who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call GSP Cartersville at 770-387-3701.