Tractor-Trailer Crash, Vehicle Fire Shut Down I-95 in Chatham County, GA
CHATHAM COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news story reported at wjcl.com, a tractor-trailer crash and resulting fire caused all of one side of Interstate 95 to shut down in Chatham County, Georgia, for about eight hours. Authorities have not yet released information about the cause of the accident but said that no injuries were reported.*
The accident occurred in the morning on Interstate 95 South in Chatham County. The Chatham County Police Department and WJCL report that near mile marker 93, a tractor-trailer somehow crashed. This was shortly south of Highway 204. After the impact, the rig reportedly caught on fire.
At the time of the accident and the posting of the WJCL report, authorities had not released information about the cause of the accident or the circumstances potentially leading to the accident. It is unclear if any other vehicles were involved aside from the tractor-trailer.
Following the accident, emergency responders and fire crews went to the scene, and all lanes of southbound I-95 were closed down. The Georgia Department of Transportation believed the lanes would remain closed for about two hours. During this time, northbound traffic was also affected, and drivers traveling on I-95 in all directions near Richmond Hill were urged to find other routes to their destinations.
About five hours after the accident, Chatham County Police released information saying that the cleanup effort was taking longer than expected but that no injuries had been reported. No one involved in the accident was identified. Georgia DOT reported about eight hours after the collision that all lanes were finally clear.
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