A Ball Ground woman was killed Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle crash in the portion of Interstate 575 in Canton known as the S curve.
According to Trooper Jacob Tow of the Georgia State Patrol:
He and other emergency workers were dispatched at 6:12 a.m. to a crash on the northbound side of Interstate 575 in Canton.
They arrived to find a gold 2004 Jeep Liberty crashed into a tree. The driver and only occupant of the Jeep was 27-year-old Taylor Ellis of Ball Ground who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the crash is not yet determined. Rain was falling heavily at the time of the accident and it would be difficult for any driver to retain control of their vehicle if it left the road, Tow said.
The S curve is located between exits 16 and 19. The crash occurred about 700 feet north of Exit 16, Tow said.
The interstate was closed for a time as emergency workers responded to help and to eventually clear the road.
Northbound traffic backed up and local streets clogged as drivers got off the highway at Exit 14 to get around the crash site.
Traffic just south of the crash site was re-routed off the interstate via the Exit 16 off ramp and then back onto the highway via the Exit 16 on ramp.
The Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency issued its first traffic alert on the crash at 6:40 a.m. urging motorists to avoid the area. At 7:20 a.m. the announcement went out that the interstate was closed and was expected to remain closed for an hour. The road was re-opened at about 9 a.m.
In addition to the Georgia State Patrol, Canton police and Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services personnel responded to the crash.