A person is dead after a truck crashed into trees on the side of Riverside Parkway in Austell near Factory Shoals Road on Wednesday.
Cobb County police spent at least four hours at the scene of the wreck, issuing a series of traffic advisories throughout the afternoon until just before 5 p.m., when the police department announced the scene had been cleared and the roadway reopened.
Until then, motorists were urged to use alternate routes.
The Cobb police department first tweeted about the crash around 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, saying a vehicle had overturned on Riverside Parkway, affecting traffic in the area.
No details were given about the person who had died.
Sgt Wayne Delk, a spokesperson for the Cobb County Police Department, told the MDJ on Wednesday evening he was waiting for specific information from investigators before issuing a public press release.
Monica DeLancy, who lives at the Kingsley Village apartment complex on Riverside Parkway, emailed the MDJ to say the person who died in the wreck was stuck in a tree for about four hours.
“Please pray for the family and the community,” DeLancy said, also sharing a photograph she took of the crash scene from inside Kingsley Village. “It was right by my apartment unit.”
Delk told the MDJ it was his understanding that the deceased person was “still in the cab of the truck” that crashed into a tree, and was not ejected from the vehicle into a tree.
“It is entirely possible the cab of the truck (and therefore the deceased) was stuck in a tree for some time,” Delk said, adding he was still waiting for details from investigators.