NWGA Scanner | February 17th, 2021

11-year-old girl from Tennessee killed in early Sunday morning crash on I-75 in Gordon County

According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report, on Sunday, February 14th, 2021, at around 4:18 AM, a 2020 Cadillac Escalade being driven by Meghan Underwood, 41, of Arrington, TN, was traveling on I-75 north near Exit 320 in Resaca, in lane number three. The Cadillac Escalade ran off the roadway on the east shoulder into the ditch before traveling up the embankment. The Cadillac Escalade then vaulted before striking a concrete bridge support pillar with its front tire and left side. The Cadillac Escalade continued traveling north and struck a second concrete support pillar with the vehicle’s left side. The Cadillac Escalade then stuck a third concrete bridge support pillar with its front and left side, causing it to rotate counterclockwise. According to the report, the area of impact was determined by tire marks in the grass, ditch, furrow marks, embankment, tire marks on concrete support pillar, fluids, debris, and final rest. After impact, the Cadillac Escalade came to an uncontrolled rest facing west between two concrete bridge support pillars. The Troop A SCRT responded and will conduct further investigation. Kirsi Underwood, 11, of Arrington, TN, was ejected in the crash and pronounced deceased. A 16-year old passenger from Murfreesboro, TN, and two 13-year old passengers from Arrington, TN, were all injured. The driver had to be extracted from the vehicle and was seriously injured. Medical helicopters declined due to the weather. All occupants were transported by Gordon County EMS to Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton.