NWGA Scanner | January 27th, 2022

Driver airlifted, passenger killed in head-on crash with tractor trailer in Whitfield County Wednesday afternoon

UPDATE: The passenger that suffered fatal injuries has been identified as Ms. Darla Newport, 63 years old.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, “These are the preliminary investigative findings, and this crash is still under investigation. On January 26, 2022, at 1:41 p.m., the Georgia State Patrol Post 5 Dalton responded to a two-vehicle crash involving a 2015 Freightliner tractor trailer and a 2011 blue Ford Explorer on GA 71 in Whitfield County. The preliminary crash investigation shows that the blue Ford Explorer was traveling north on GA 71, failed to maintain its lane, and crossed the center median. The Ford Explorer traveled north into the south lanes of GA 71, striking the tractor trailer head-on. The driver of the Ford Explorer, Ms. Lisa Newport, 39 years old, was flown to Erlanger Medical Center. The passenger in the Ford Explorer suffered fatal injuries. The driver of the Freightliner tractor trailer was not injured. The identity of the passenger is being withheld until next of kin notification has been completed.”