Head-on Collision in Newton, GA Forces Shutdown of I-20

collision in Newton

A driver who was fleeing sheriff’s deputies crashed his vehicle three counties away on Tuesday. The collision in Newton led to several injuries and caused I-20 to be closed for several hours.

According to Georgia state troopers, 28-year-old Dontrail McDaniel of South Carolina fled from deputies in Greene County. He led them on a chase through Morgan, Walton, and Newton counties before the collision in Newton.

Cpl. Cal Barton of the Georgia State Patrol reported that McDaniel was driving a 2020 Chevrolet Impala west on I-20 when he turned onto Stanton Springs Parkway exit near Social Circle.

He then reportedly re-entered I-20 driving west in the eastbound lanes.

After about a mile, McDaniel’s car hit an eastbound 2018 Chevrolet Cruze and forced it into the back of a 2017 Chevrolet Equinox.

The 23-year-old Augusta woman who was driving the Cruze sustained moderate injuries and she was taken to Piedmont Newton Hospital in Covington, Barton said.

The 50-year-old driver of the Equinox and his 44-year-old passenger also suffered moderate injuries and they too were taken to Piedmont Newton. Both are residents of White Plains, Georgia.

Greene County sheriff’s Capt. Lee Stancil said a deputy tried to stop the Impala for speeding while on I-20.

However, the authorities said McDaniel took the Greensboro exit but turned around when another deputy joined the chase. The pursuit kept going westbound on the interstate.

In Morgan County, deputies deployed stop sticks at the Buckhead exit but they couldn’t get the vehicle to stop.

McDaniel then reportedly took the Madison/Monticello exit, drove over Monticello Highway and returned to I-20, and headed in the direction of Newton County.

Stancil said McDaniel received minor injuries and he was treated at a Madison hospital before being released to the Greene County Detention Center. He was expected to face several charges. Call us to deal with any collision issues you may have.

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