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Wrong-way wreck on Interstate 985 kills 1

Early morning incident injures 4 others

POSTED: January 8, 2013 11:59 p.m.

An 80-year-old Gainesville man died Tuesday morning in a four-vehicle, wrong-way crash on Interstate 985 at Exit 24.

Raymond Sanford Reed turned south from Jesse Jewell Parkway onto the northbound exit ramp and entered the northbound travel lanes at 6:14 a.m., said Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright.

Less than 150 feet from the exit ramp, Reed’s Buick LeSabre struck a Ford F150 pickup truck traveling north head-on.

The truck, driven by Cresencio Martinez-Trejo, 54, of Gainesville, then was hit from behind by a Honda Civic driven by Keisha Wheeler, 32, of Auburn, Wright said.

Reed’s vehicle then received a glancing blow by a tractor-trailer attempting to avoid the crash. The tractor-trailer driver was Steven Loftus, 58, of Hazel Green, Ala.

Reed died at the scene, Wright said.

Martinez-Trejo and Wheeler were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. They were treated for injuries and released.

Wheeler’s children, ages 4 and 9, also were examined at the hospital for injuries, as a precautionary measure, and released, Wright said.

Loftus was not injured.

As a result of the wreck, authorities rerouted northbound traffic at Exit 22 until about 10 a.m. Both northbound lanes at the scene were shut down, Wright said.

None of the vehicles overturned, contrary to earlier reports.

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