Multi-Vehicle Crash Shuts Down I-20 in DeKalb County, GA; One Vehicle Flees Scene
DEKALB COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news report from ajc.com, a multi-vehicle crash shut down Interstate 20 East in DeKalb County, Georgia. One of the vehicles involved fled the scene.*
A car traveling east on I-20 struck a second vehicle near the Panola Road Exit. The second vehicle ran into the interstate median and was subsequently hit by a third vehicle. The driver of the first vehicle that caused the accident fled the scene, according to DeKalb County Police.
The DeKalb County Fire Department was called to the scene to rescue people who were trapped in their cars after the crash. No one involved has been identified, and the extent of injuries has not been reported at this time.
All lanes of I-20 East were shut down after the wreck, and traffic was diverted onto Panola Road. The scene was finally cleared at about 10:30 a.m. Police have not released any information regarding the missing vehicle or driver, but investigators are looking into the accident and will attempt to locate the driver.
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, vehicle accidents in DeKalb County have more than doubled in the last several years. In 2012, a total of 15,743 vehicle accidents occurred in the county, leading to 3,775 injuries and 76 deaths.
By 2016, those numbers jumped significantly, rising to 39,383 total accidents, 10,158 injuries, and 80 deaths. Almost half of the fatal vehicle accidents in DeKalb County in 2016 were related to either alcohol (20 accidents) or excessive speeding (17 accidents).
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