Sunday, April 9, 2017

A construction worker was killed and three others were injured after drunk driver drove onto the north emergency lane on I-20 and hit the construction crew in Carroll County, GA

Lauren Foreman The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
11:04 a.m. Friday, April 7, 2017 Atlanta News

One person was hit and killed Friday on westbound I-20 in Carroll County. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Story Highlights
  • The crash in Carroll County shut down westbound lanes for more than two hours.
  • Three other construction workers were injured in the crash.
  • Officials have not specified if the driver was under the influence of alcohol, drugs or something else.
  • The driver of a car that plowed into a construction site on I-20 early Friday may have been impaired, the Georgia State Patrol said.

A construction worker was killed and three others were injured in the crash, which shut down westbound lanes of I-20 in Carroll County for more than two hours.

About 3:10 a.m., a westbound Honda Civic drove onto the north emergency lane and hit the construction crew members, who were working between the interstate and the exit ramp for Ga. 61, according to the GSP.

One of the construction workers was pronounced dead on the scene. Two others were taken to a hospital in Atlanta, one by air and the other by ambulance. A fourth construction worker was treated and released from Tanner Medical Center in Villa Rica.

The driver, who had to be freed from the mangled Civic, was flown to an Atlanta hospital, the GSP said.

While authorities suspect the driver was impaired, they have not specified if the driver was under the influence of alcohol, drugs or something else. 


VILLA RICA, Ga. -- A construction worker was killed and several others were injured Friday morning after a car plowed through a construction zone on Interstate 20 in Villa Rica, Friday morning.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, a Honda Civic was traveling westbound around 3:10 a.m. and drove into the northbound emergency lane and struck four people from a road crew that was working between the interstate and the exit ramp for GA 61 (exit 24).

A GSP spokesperson said the driver of the car was impaired at the time of the crash. Emergency responders airlifted both the driver and one worker to a local hospital, however that worker was later pronounced dead.

The surviving workers are now in stable condition. Another worker, who was taken to Tanner Villa Rica hospital, has since been discharged. Police are not yet releasing identities of those involved.

According to GSP, the construction workers were GDOT subcontractors working for a Florida-based company called Olympus Painting and were doing sanding and painting on the roadway before the crash.

Investigators are going to be recreating the scene and getting more information on speed of the vehicle before the crash.


-Georgia Department of Transportation Update--

The Georgia Department of Transportation alerts the traveling public about the ongoing bridge reconstruction project still affecting Interstate 20 traffic near Exit 90 this weekend.

Olympus Painting Contractors will continue bridge joint repair and replacement on the I-20 bridge over the railroad and Old Atlanta Highway (CR 55). The contractor must temporarily close traffic on Old Atlanta Highway for 24 hours beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, August 14 to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 15 related to the bridge joint work.

Also, the inside and middle lanes, along with the off-ramp, will be closed on I-20 westbound from mile 91 to mile 90. The time frame of continuous work runs from 9 p.m. Friday, August 14 until 5 a.m. Monday, August 17.

Approved signage and message boards will alert the public to the Old Atlanta Highway closure and accompanying 4-mile detour. Motorists will utilize Cook Road, Moore Street and SR 81 for the detour. Access to local businesses will be maintained.

This $3.3 million dollar maintenance job on the two interstate bridges crossing SR 12 and the Old Atlanta Highway includes reconstruction of new joint headers in the bridge deck; edge beam and end wall reconstruction; installation of bridge joints; spall repairs of the substructure; epoxy injection into substructure cracks; cap strengthening; repaired slope paving and painting of the existing steel substructure.


(727) 942-4149

Olympus Painting

28 years in business 556 Anclote Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-6701

BBB File Opened: 05/03/2004
Business Started: 01/01/1989

Type of Entity Corporation

Contact Information
Principal: Nicholas Mavromatis

Business Category
Industrial Painting

Products & Services This company provides industrial and bridge painting services.