UPDATE: Girl, 10, killed in Locust Grove rollover I-75 crash identified

An 11-year-old girl was killed in a rollover wreck on Interstate 75 outside Locust Grove Thursday morning. (File Photo)

LOCUST GROVE — A 10-year-old girl was killed in a rollover wreck on Interstate 75 outside Locust Grove Thursday morning.

A Mercury Mountaineer was traveling north with nine passengers, three adults and six children, around 8 a.m. when its 31-year-old driver attempted to change lanes and overcorrected. The SUV began spinning out of control near Bill Gardner Parkway and flipped several times, colliding with a sedan in the northbound left lane.

All nine of the Mercury’s passengers were ejected, a Georgia State Patrol spokesman said. The 10-year-old girl killed as a result of the crash was identified as Angelica Ballinas. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

Ballinas was traveling with three adult women from Arkansas and five children between the ages of 5 and 16.

The Mercury eventually came to rest in the east shoulder of the interstate. The sedan, a Nissan Sentra, spun out and struck a guard rail in the west emergency lane. Its driver, a 37-year-old woman from McDonough, was hurt but was not ejected.

The eight occupants of the SUV were transported to Egleston Hospital and Atlanta Medical Center, three by air ambulance and five by ground. Their conditions were unknown Friday.

The driver of the Nissan was not transported.

“This crash is still under investigation by the GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team,” a GSP spokesman said. “Charges are pending the completion of the investigation.”

All lanes were closed for a time Thursday morning while emergency crews worked to clear the crash. Southbound lanes were the first to clear, and the northbound lanes were re-opened at about 11 a.m. Traffic north through McDonough was still recovering hours later.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the most recent information released by the Georgia State Patrol, including the victim’s correct age.


Public safety reporter Chelsea Prince joined the Henry Herald and Clayton News Daily in 2016. She is a graduate of Emory University.

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