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Union Point woman killed in I-20 crash

October 08, 2021 - 00:00
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A Union Point woman lost her life and a Crawfordville man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash on I-20 on Friday, Oct. 1.

Katherine Farmer, 20, of Union Point, was taken by Greene County EMS to St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital, where she was pronounced dead by physicians in the Emergency Department, said Greene County Coroner Jeff Smith.

Austin Hunt, also 20, of Crawfordville, was flown by medical helicopter to Grady Medical Center for treatment. Hun was recovering from his injuries and may have been released from the hospital, Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Nicholas Carter said Tuesday.

Hunt and Farmer were traveling east in the left lane on I-20 around 7:50 p.m. when the accident happened at mile marker 135, which is between the Greensboro/ Eatonton, State route 44 exit and the Siloam/Greensboro/Union Point, State route 77 exit.

Hunt, who was driving, quickly slowed down his 2003 Ford F350 pickup. The truck skidded a brief distance, swerved to the left and spun into the median where it slammed into the cable barrier and posts, according to Carter’s report.

The impact with the cable barrier reportedly caused the pickup to begin to overturn, and Farmer was ejected from the passenger seat out of the vehicle. The truck continued to rotate and struck the cable barrier again, which caused it to flip back into the upright position and finally stop in the same lane it had been travelling but facing south.

GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team S/Tpr. Patrick Prosser assisted with the crash investigation. At the Lake Oconee News’ press time, Carter said the cause of the crash was still under investigation. He acknowledged there was some road work ahead of the crash, but it was not yet known if it was a contributing factor.