Officials say weather is partly to blame in at least one of three crashes that left two dead and others injured across the region late this week.
The first incident occurred Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Shugart Road and Highway 41 in Whitfield County, Ga., according to a Dalton Police Department news release.
Harry Whitfield, 68, of Calhoun, was driving with his wife, Linda, 67, west on Highway 41 toward the interstate when his Chevrolet Blazer apparently veered into the turning lane at high speed and rear-ended a stopped dump truck.
Whitfield, his wife and the driver of the dump truck, Justin Elrod of Tunnel Hill, were taken to Hamilton Medical Center. Linda Whitfield later died from injuries received in the crash.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing, and police said it's unclear what caused it.
The second crash occurred around 9:30 a.m. Friday when a car veered off Montlake Road on the side of Mowbray Mountain in Tennessee, according to Amy Maxwell, spokeswoman for Hamilton County Emergency Services.
Authorities say the driver lost control and rode the guardrail about 50 feet before the vehicle flipped on its top and over the guardrail. Two people were hospitalized.
Fire officials said speed and weather played a factor in that crash.
The victims had not been identified as of Friday evening.
A short time later at around 11 a.m., Hamilton County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a single-car crash in the 1000 block of Boy Scout Road, according to a news release.
The car held four passengers, including a toddler, who were taken to a hospital. The child was pronounced dead on arrival, the release said.
Boy Scout Road from Moses Road to Hampton Woods was temporarily closed.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office traffic division is investigating that crash.