Two young people who had just left work at a West Point business late Monday were killed on Interstate 85 just inside Harris County as they headed home to east Alabama after one vehicle struck the rear of the other.
Amy Ferguson, 23, of Opelika, Ala., was traveling west about 11:35 p.m. after leaving Intercall in West Point Industrial Park when a Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by co-worker Charles Andrew Pitts, 22, of Valley, Ala., struck her Dodge SUV in the rear. That caused her vehicle to travel into the median, where it overturned, ejecting her, according to Candy Scarborough, dispatcher for the LaGrange Post, Georgia State Patrol.
Pitts' vehicle then traveled to the right and went into a tree line, striking a tree in the driver's door, Scarborough said Tuesday.
Both were pronounced dead at the scene about one mile east of the Chattahoochee River around 1 a.m. by Harris County Coroner Jimmy Carver, who said they apparently died of blunt-force trauma. He said autopsies will not be conducted.
Neither was wearing a seat belt, Scarborough said.
Two passengers in Pitts' vehicle were treated at George H. Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley and released, Scarborough said.
A state Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is being assembled to investigate the accident.