Georgia State Patrol Shares Information on Cause of 4-Vehicle Wreck Involving Dade Sheriff Vehicles


The report has not yet been completed on the 4-vehicle wreck involving two patrol cars on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Public Information Director with the Georgia State Patrol (GSP).

The wreck, which occurred Tuesday afternoon on I-24 West where two Dade Sheriff’s Deputies were doing a motorist assist, sent multiple people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries including Sergeant Jeff Hartline.

Today, Public Information Director Lt. Stephanie Stallings with GSP provided the following information on the wreck.

“On 07/07/20, at approximately 4:45 p.m., a Jeep Cherokee was traveling west on I-24 in the right lane, beside a tractor-trailer traveling in the left lane.  The driver of the Jeep made an improper lane change striking the tractor-trailer.  The Jeep began to spin and struck both Dade County units that were parked on the left shoulder.  The Dade County units were on the shoulder with a broken down vehicle.   There was a 6-year-old girl standing in the doorway of one of the patrol cars.  The door shut on her and she received several cuts on her legs and her head.”

A press release after the accident from Dade Sheriff Public Information Officer Chad Payne said,

“This is a sobering reminder, of just how dangerous this job can be. As always, we beg you to PLEASE SLOW DOWN AND/OR MOVE OVER. This is our 3rd patrol vehicle to be hit on the interstate, in less than a month.”

Further information on the wreck can be found in this paper at the following link in bold:

*Picture of the wreck from the Dade County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.