With July 4th falling on a Monday this year, the holiday weekend was 78 hours long, rather than 54 hours in 2021. During this year’s holiday weekend, there were 20 fatalities from accidents on Georgia’s roadways, according to the Georgia Department of Safety. At least eight of those fatalities occurred in the Atlanta metropolitan area, with holiday weekend accidents taking place in Polk, Douglas, DeKalb, Bartow, Cherokee, and Cobb Counties, as well as in Villa Rica, Newnan, and Sandy Springs. Some of the accidents that occurred over the holiday weekend included:
- A Marietta pedestrian was killed on Austell Road in a hit-and-run crash early Sunday morning, July 3.
- A Danielsville man who was killed in a single-vehicle crash on US-29 in Madison County after he lost control on wet pavement and overturned.
- An accident between a vehicle and a migrant bus in Colquitt County that caused the death of one person inside the vehicle on Saturday afternoon.
- A head-on, two-vehicle crash that occurred in Grady County early Sunday morning, resulting in the death of one driver and serious injuries suffered by another. Alcohol impairment is suspected in that crash.