Catastrophic I-16 Accident in Montrose Georgia Involves 27 Automobiles
February 6, 2013 - Montrose, GA (Laurens County, Georgia) - A fiery pileup along I-16 in Georgia involving 27 trucks, cars, pickup trucks and tractor-trailers occurred Wednesday morning.
Officials say the chain reaction accident resulted in nine people receiving serious injuries and at least four deaths. Capt. Kirk McGlamery of the Georgia State Patrol stated that drivers who veered away from the accident on to the shoulder were not safe from getting rear-ended by cars approaching the scene from behind.
"It was just a chain-reaction," McGlamery said. "I talked to two individuals involved who had come to a stop and had pulled off, one was on the shoulder and the other was trying to get out of the way, when they were struck by vehicles coming up behind them. Officials blame the foggy conditions mixed with smoke from a nearby "controlled" burn that led to dangerous driving conditions due to decreased visibility. Capt. McGlamery added that several tractor-trailer trucks were also involved in the collision, which created an additional smoke hazard.
Many drivers were rear-ended as they drove into the congested traffic area concealed by thick black smoke."We had to creep by because, you know, it was just so much smoke and to keep us from getting in a wreck, and we were on eastbound and that was in westbound," one driver said.
The local sheriff's department was dispatched to the scene after the first 911-accident call was placed. Emergency medical service personnel from Laurens County were among the first emergency personnel to reach the scene of the accident and stated that at least six automobiles were still on fire when they arrived. Emergency medical personnel also reported that the fog they had driven through while traveling to the accident had diminished once they arrived.
Authorities stated that all nine seriously injured people were brought to Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin, Georgia to receive prompt treatment of their injuries. Hospital officials stated that only one of the nine injured has been released.
The Georgia car accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates remind Georgia drivers to use extreme caution when driving through foggy road conditions. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident due to negligent driving in poor driving conditions, call Montlick & Associates for your free initial consultation.
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