Father and Daughter Killed in Car Crash on Thanksgiving Morning: Police

A father and daughter were killed when their SUV was struck by an opposing vehicle on Thanksgiving morning, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff's office.

Deputies were called out to Knox Bridge Highway near Scott Hudgens Drive in Canton, Georgia at around 11:30 a.m., after receiving reports of a major collision involving four vehicles.

According to the authorities, the crash occurred when the driver of an F-150 (a Ford pickup-style vehicle) heading east crossed the center line and hit a Nissan Armada SUV traveling west.

The driver of the Armada and his 18-year-old daughter who was sitting in the back of the SUV were killed. The man's wife and another juvenile daughter were also in the vehicle at the time of the fatal collision. They suffered non-life-threatening injuries but were taken to hospital.

Police tape at an accident scene.
File photo of police tape at the scene of an accident - a father and his 18-year-old daughter were killed in a road collision. His wife and their younger daughter were also treated for minor injuries. evgeny_pylayev/Getty

According to Fox 5 Atlanta, deputies said the driver of the Armada was a 52-year-old male from Canton. The news outlet said the driver of the F-150 is a 24-year-old also from Canton.

They were also taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No one in the other two vehicles involved in the crash suffered any injuries.

Newsweek has contacted the Cherokee County Sheriff's office for comment.

The tragic collision comes after two adults and a child died following a crash on I-79 in West Virginia. WSAZ3 reports that two children are also in a serious condition following the crash which occurred on Thanksgiving Day.

According to the news outlet, the vehicle involved in the crash was traveling from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania and was heading to Kentucky.

While the cause of the crash is not known at this time, deputies believe some of the vehicle's occupants were not wearing seatbelts.

Elsewhere, Live5 WCSC reported that another driver was killed following a crash in Greenville County on Thanksgiving Day.

South Carolina Highway Patrol told the news outlet the driver was heading east on Piedmont Golf Course Road at around 11 a.m. when their vehicle went off the right side of the road, lost control and then traveled off the left side of the road before hitting a tree.

According to the authorities, the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Michigan Live, meanwhile, reported on an incident that left two drivers dead and a passenger injured following a head-on crash in Metro Detroit in the early hours of Thanksgiving morning.

According to the report, Michigan State Police responded to calls around 2:30 a.m. of a driver traveling east in the westbound lanes of M-14 near Beck Road in Plymouth Charter Township.

As they neared the area, however, a two-vehicle crash was reported to dispatchers. Two vehicles collided in the middle lane of M-14. A 28-year-old Belleville man, who police believed to have been at fault, died at the scene along with the driver of the other vehicle, a 44-year-old Canton man.

The National Safety Council (NSC) previously estimated as many as 518 people could die on U.S. roads over this Thanksgiving holiday period in what would amount to the most deaths since 2007.

The estimate is based on the fact that car travel has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation based on fatalities per passenger mile while the holidays are also often a cause for celebrations involving alcohol consumption, a major contributing factor to motor-vehicle crashes.