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Teacher and child killed in weather-related crashes in Meriwether Co.

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MERIWETHER COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -  Two people were killed in Meriwether County over the weekend in accidents authorities say were caused by the weather.

According to Coroner Johnny Worley, both crashes were the result of hydroplaning on wet roads.

The first happened Saturday around 11:45 AM on Highway 109 near Keith Road, just inside Meriwether County were it meets the Troup County line.

A Greenville man and his 58-year-old wife, Anne Couch, were riding in a pick-up truck in the eastbound lanes and hydroplaned. They collided head-on with a car going the other direction.

Mrs. Couch, a teacher at Manchester High School, was killed instantly.

The other accident happened later that same day around 3:15 on Georgia Highway 85, just north of the Woodbury city limits.

Worley says a 5-year-old boy, Katerron Reid, was riding with his mother when her Lexus hydroplaned and collided with pick-up truck going the other way.

The child was killed instantly.

The second accident is under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.

Per Georgia law, Worley says any child under the age of seven that is killed in a car crash must be sent to the state crime lab for an external examination which has been done.

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