At least eight vehicles were involved in several wrecks Friday spanning about a mile on Interstate 75 in Monroe County as a steady rain fell in the area at just before noon, according to Forsyth police.
The southbound lanes between mile markers 185 and 186 were blocked for at least 30 minutes as police and Monroe County deputies investigated the crashes.
Monroe County deputies investigated two of the crashes.
In one, a Toyota Highlander hydroplaned and the driver lost control, causing the southbound vehicle to come to rest facing north. It was then struck by a Mercury Grand Marquis. Both vehicles were then struck by a Freightliner Cascadia. Three people were taken to area hospitals for treatment, according to a sheriffs office news release.
In a second crash, four people from Chicago were arrested after the driver of their Chevrolet sport utility vehicle rear-ended another vehicle and failed to stop at the scene of the crash, according to the release.
Deputies pursued and stopped the Chevrolet after occupants of the vehicle it struck called 911. A deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana inside the vehicle and later found marijuana, according to the sheriffs office.
Nevada Mabry, 17, Michael Williams, 23, Keishawn Taylor, 18, and Martrez Womack, 25, were charged with possession of marijuana. Mabry also was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and Williams is also charged with misdemeanor obstruction, according to the release.
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