Teen, Minnesota man killed in two crashes in Lowndes County

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By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 9, 2017

LOWNDES CO., Ga. (WCTV) -- A 13-year-old boy was killed when the car he was riding in hit a guardrail and was then struck by a semi truck.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the crash happened around 10:15 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 75 near mile marker 14 in Lowndes County.

The crash report states that Ernst Richard, 41, was traveling north on I-75 when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a guardrail. After hitting the guardrail, the car traveled back onto the roadway and came to rest in the middle lane.

A semi truck traveling in the middle lane was unable to avoid the car and collided with the vehicle's rear passenger side.

GSP says Richard, 33-year-old passenger Barbara Richard, and three children in the car were transported to South Georgia Medical Center.

Ernst, Barbara, and a 17-year-old passenger sustained minor injuries. A 5-year-old passenger was airlifted to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.

John Richard, 13, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

GSP says the three children were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Charges are pending an investigation.

Traffic was stopped on I-75 as crews worked to clear the scene of the accident for over one hour. Troopers say a semi truck was stopped in the middle lane when a Chevrolet Silverado driven by 32-year-old Ryan Forness of Eveleth, Minnesota failed to stop and rear ended the semi.

Forness was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The left and middle lanes of I-75 northbound were closed for over two hours.