A 29-year-old Monroe County woman died, one man is missing and five others were hurt in an early morning accident in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Macon shortly before 3 a.m.
Shannon Hendricks of Culloden was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.
Alcohol was involved as a Ford quad cab pickup traveling from Whiskey River went over the guardrail north of Hardeman Avenue and crashed just before the curve leading to Interstate 16 near the Ocmulgee River bridge, Jones said.
Christina Moninipour, 26 of Ashford Park in Macon, 30-year-old Monica Humes of Bonaire and Jeremy Hamm, 29, of New Jersey were undergoing tests at The Medical Center of Central Georgia early in the morning, Jones said.
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Three Williams brothers of Monroe County were also in the truck but Henry Williams could not be accounted for in the first 6 hours since the accident, Jones said. Saul Williams, 25, and Robert Williams, 20, walked from the scene toward the hospital but were picked up by a motorist who took them to Coliseum Medical Centers. Robert was released and Saul is being transferred to Coliseum Northside Hospital with multiple fractures in his hip and pelvis, Jones said.
None of the victims were wearing seatbelts and authorities are working to identify who was behind the wheel, he said. Although the accident was off the highway at an embankment, authorities had to close the entrance to Interstate 16 as investigators gathered evidence and searched in the predawn darkness for Henry Williams, whose age was not immediately available. The road reopened at about 7 a.m.
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