Interstate 16 in Georgia Backed Up After Two Crashes
POOLER, GA- Wtoc.com writes that two wrecks took place in less than three hours this week on Interstate 16. The incidents occurred in the evening, the first in the eastbound traffic lanes, and the second in the westbound lanes. The earlier crash happened close to Interstate 95, while the later crash occurred just outside of Bloomingdale.*
According to police, both crashes resulted in injuries.
The Georgia State Patrol worked at the scene of the two collisions. Traffic was slow through the area while crews worked at the sites.
Reports state that Georgia's Interstate 16 is among the state's deadliest roadways. While officials have released plans aimed at improving the road, many believe that the proposed plans will not sufficiently address the dangers.
In the course of one year, 28 people died in crashes on Interstate 16. In one particularly tragic incident, five nursing students from Georgia Southern University were killed when a truck collided with the back of their car. The victims were traveling to a hospital in Savannah, where they should have been completing their final day of clinical rotations. According to reports, the truck driver failed to slow as traffic became congested on the interstate. Within one month of that horrific crash, a single mom, a sixteen-year-old girl, and three other victims died in a crash that mirrored the one that killed the nursing students. Again, a trucker on the interstate failed to slow in the heavy traffic. The brother of the single mom who died in the collision pointed out that no skid marks were even left at the scene to indicate that the driver even tried to stop.
Slow traffic and a high number of trucks create dangers on Interstate 16 that many in the area feel need to be addressed.
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