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Police identify driver who crashed off overpass onto I-75

The crash occurred on Monday. The circumstances that led to it remain unclear.

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Police said Tuesday the driver who died after running off an Akers Mill Road overpass and crashing head-on onto I-75 below was a 33-year-old Paulding County man.

The Cobb County Police Department identified the driver as Dennis Farve, of Dallas, Georgia.

Family called him a "sweet guy and a great father" who was always there for his family

According to police, for reasons that still aren't clear the Chevrolet pickup truck exited off I-75 on the Akers Mill Road HOV ramp, continued up the ramp going at a high rate of speed, went through the intersection and then crashed through the concrete barrier onto the interstate below.

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There were no skid marks at the scene, indicating there was no attempt to brake before the driver went through the wall.

Aerial video showed a gap in the wall and fencing where the truck careened off Akers Mill Road and onto the highway, a short ways south of I-285, below. The grey truck landed in between the northbound and southbound lanes, leaning on its nose at the base of the overpass.

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The site of the crash is not far from where a college baseball team's bus crashed off a Northside Drive overpass and onto I-75 more than a decade ago. A man driving the bus made the fatal mistake. He drove the bus up the left-lane HOV exit. The bus toppled over that exit's concrete barrier, back onto the highway. That accident killed seven people.  

Police said Farve's family had been notified.

RELATED: Remembering the Northside Drive bus crash, 10 years later

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