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Driver killed in wreck on I-75 in Cartersville
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CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- One person was killed in an accident on Interstate 75 in Cartersville Tuesday morning.

The wreck also closed two rights lanes of I-75 north at the Red Top Mountain exit, according to Cartersville Police Maj. Mark Camp. The road has since reopened.

Camp said the incident began when the driver of a Ford truck lost control of his vehicle and spun out just north of the bridge over the Etowah River. The truck was then hit by a Honda Accord driven by 38-year-old Gabriel Desantiago-Pichardo of Smyrna. Both vehicles ended up straddling the left emergency lane and left traffic lane. The drivers got out of their cars.

A Mazda 6, in an attempt to avoid the accident, swerved and struck the wires on the median's guardrail, Camp said. A second Honda Accord then swerved to the left, ran into the guardrail and spun, hitting Desantiago-Pichardo and knocking him across the median.

Desantiago-Pichardo was pronounced dead at the scene. The Ford driver was not hurt.

An ambulance stopped at the scene, but was rear-ended by a fifth car, causing minor damage. Camp said the ambulance accident was treated as a separate incident.

The crash is under investigation. No one has been charged or cited at this time.

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