Witnesses sought after new information in I-16 fatal accident

lfabian@macon.comJanuary 30, 2014 

Bibb County fatality investigators need the public’s help to determine how two cars collided in a fatal accident Thursday night on Interstate 16.

The sheriff’s office originally reported a Jeep Wrangler crossed the median and hit a Honda Accord in the westbound lanes, but investigators said Friday that both vehicles were headed westbound when the accident happened near Ocmulgee East Industrial Boulevard just before 7:15 p.m.

Laurie Bowers, 37, of Bluffton, S.C., died at the scene and her body had to be cut out of the Honda, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said Friday morning.

The Bibb County District Attorney’s Office has called for an autopsy, Jones said.

Both 19-year-old men in the Jeep, Thomas Tyler Duncan, of Locust Grove, and Spencer Rush, of McDonough, were injured and taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Duncan, who was driving, was stable in critical condition Friday and Rush also was in stable condition, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office new release.

Bowers’ death marks the fifth traffic fatality in Bibb County this year, Jones said.

Traffic backed up in both directions as sheriff’s investigators gathered evidence at the scene.

Deputies would like to talk to anyone with information about the collision. Call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 and leave a message for the fatality investigator.

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