“Traffic was sort of stop-and-go when the tractor-trailer came along and struck one of the passenger vehicles in the rear,” Nease said. “We’re still trying to piece it all together. It’s a terrible day.”The deadly crash happened at about 6 a.m. on the highway that connects Macon and Savannah. Despite the early hour, Nease said, traffic was heavy because an unrelated wreck about a mile ahead was forcing motorists move at a slow pace.
Those killed were traveling in two passenger vehicles mangled by the crash. The tractor-trailer plowed into an SUV, then rolled over a small passenger car that burst into flames, said Sgt. 1st Class Chris Nease of the Georgia State Patrol. The big truck came to a halt after slamming into the back of a tanker.
Nease said the driver of the tractor-trailer had not been cited as investigators worked to figure out exactly what happened. State troopers said weather conditions did not appear to be a factor.
State troopers Wednesday afternoon were still working to identify some of the five people killed, Nease said. Authorities planned to withhold their names until all of the victims’ families had been notified.
I-16 bridge demo crew mobilizing to work around the clock to return traffic to interstate lanes ASAP. Stay tuned to thread. Will update when we have good info. pic.twitter.com/ECXz4ad2Ys“Apparently, the tractor-trailer has a dump bed similar to a dump truck,” said Russell McMurry, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation. “It appears that it was raised, which then struck the bridge.”
SOPERTON, Ga. – Georgia transportation officials said hope to reopen an interstate that connects much of Georgia to its coastline by next week after a crash knocked a bridge overpass from its support beams.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The initial reporting Thursday said the truck was on I-16 and went through the guardrail. That was incorrect, as the truck was driving under GA-86 overpass when with its bed raised when it struck the bridge.
While traffic is only detoured off seven miles of I-16, the eastbound detour is 10 miles and the westbound detour is 24 miles — both through small towns not prepared to deal with this volume of traffic. 5AM | I-16 eastbound is closed after a crash just west of Chatham Parkway. Your alternates are Highway 80 and Ogeechee/HWY 17.#wtoctraffic @wtoc11 pic.twitter.com/TzMyjcpfh6 Details remain limited, but the eastbound portion of I-16 may remain closed into the heart of the Tuesday morning commute. Your alternates are Highway 80 or Highway 17/Ogeechee Road.
PREVIOUS STORY: A crash involving a large truck and car has closed I-16, eastbound, between Dean Forest and Chatham Parkway. Westbound traffic is not impacted.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – Savannah Police have reopened all lanes of eastbound I-16 between the Chatham Parkway and Dean Forest Road exits after a fatal crash early Thursday morning.
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