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Driver Killed in Fiery I-75 Crash in Marietta

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A two-vehicle crash has resulted in the death of an Atlanta man.

The victim is 42-year-old Christopher Uptain and the accident happened on I-75 South in Marietta last Wednesday.

Marietta Police Department spokesman Officer Chuck McPhilamy revealed that the fiery crash occurred at the Delk Road entrance ramp around 4:20 p.m. and later confirmed the victim’s identity.

Police said a 2019 GMC Terrain SUV was heading south when it became involved in a collision with a 2019 Mercedes Sprinter. The SUV swerved off the roadway and struck a concrete bridge pillar.

McPhilamy said the GMC burst into flames before officers with the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program arrived on the scene.

However, a Georgia State Patrol trooper rescued Uptain and performed CPR until medical personnel arrived.

Uptain was later pronounced dead at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

The driver of the van was identified as Andres Galan-Marquez. The 28-year-old is a resident of Sandy Springs. The authorities did not release any details about his condition.

McPhilamy said despite what was stated in some media reports, the incident didn’t involve a chase by any agency. Instead, he said it was just a tragic two-vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality.

The crash caused the closure of the Delk Road exit ramp and several lanes of I-75 resulting in delays for more than two hours.

The fatal accident remains under investigation, and anyone who has information about it has been asked to call Marietta police at 770-794-5352.

In 2019, 1,507 people died in traffic accidents in Georgia. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, 76 percent of fatalities are due to unsafe driving practices. These include impairment, distraction, and driving too fast for conditions.

If you lost a loved one in a crash, a Georgia car accident lawyer may be able to help you get compensation.


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