Martha Berry Highway blocked as police investigate fatal wreck

Martha Berry Highway was closed for several hours on Thursday morning while police investigated a fatal wreck near Berry College. The closure led to traffic jams on the bypass as well as the Armuchee Connector.

Both drivers in a head-on collision on Martha Berry Highway near Berry College died from their injuries, according to Rome Police Department reports.

The wreck happened just before 7 a.m. Thursday. A 2013 Chevrolet Cruz, driven by 52-year-old Teresa Knowles, crossed the centerline and struck a 2011 Ford Escape driven by 58-year-old Matthew Sealock.

Both Knowles and Sealock died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Capt. Chris DeHart, head of the Rome Police Selective Enforcement Unit, said his team is still trying to determine what may have caused Knowles to cross into oncoming traffic.

That section of road is straight, he said, and there were no weather conditions that would have contributed to the crash.

The wreck, which happened just between the intersection of Ga. 1 Loop and the entrance to Berry College, snarled traffic for hours.

At least one other wreck was reported within the heavy traffic on U.S. 27, the loop and Armuchee Connector as people attempted to circumnavigate the area.

Rome police investigators continued working the scene of the wreck until reopening the road around 10 a.m.

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