ASHBURN -- A day after two people were killed in a single vehicle crash outside of Ashburn, authorities say that an improperly loaded vehicle caused the fatal wreck.
Entela Kollcinaku and her 12-year-old daughter, Kozeta, of Oak Creek, Wis., were killed when the Mitsubishi Montero they were traveling in rolled several times across the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 Monday shortly before noon.
Entela's husband Kastriot was flown to Macon to the Medical Center of Central Georgia for treatment and is listed as being in stable condition in their intensive care unit. Her son Mike is being treated at Tift Regional Medical Center, where he is also listed in stable condition.
According to Georgia State Patrol troopers from the Cordele post, a large box of auto parts that the family was carrying on top of their vehicle may have been a factor in the accident.
"It appears that for whatever reason Mrs. Kollcinaku turned the wheel and then overcorrected," Trooper David Grantham said. "With the auto parts on top of the vehicle, it became top-heavy and it didn't take much to overturn the vehicle."
The crash turned I-75 into a parking lot, with many motorists leaving their vehicles and wandering around until the crash was cleared. The traffic jam spanned two counties as cars were parked for at least seven miles and into neighboring Tift County.
This fatal crash comes two months after a Tennessee couple were killed on the same stretch of interstate after losing control of their Chevy Tahoe and crashing head-on into a Ford Pickup.
On Nov. 23, Carlton Lavoy Adams and his wife, Marlene M. Adams, both of Morristown, Tenn., were killed after they crossed the median and struck the truck head-on.
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