A tractor trailer changing lanes led to a chain reaction collision that caused Tuesday's fatal accident on Interstate 16.
As the 61-year-old driver of a 1996 Mack was changing lanes, a 2005 Buick Lacrosse slid into the side of a Chevrolet S-10 pickup, according to a Macon police news release.
Michael Anthony Thorpe, a 47-year-old driver for Steak-Out, was thrown from his pickup as it hit the guardrail and flipped on the Spring Street overpass shortly after 11 a.m.
Thorpe's Chevrolet S-10 sustained heavy front end damage and was facing westbound in the eastbound lanes.
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Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said the 81-year-old person in the four-door white sedan was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia.
The back end was crumpled on the car that was parked on the left shoulder of the road.
The Mack driver refused treatment on the scene and apparently was not seriously hurt, Jones said.
The three-vehicle accident closed down I-16 for about five hours.
Although authorities opened one eastbound lane temporarily to clear halted traffic, the interstate closed back down before noon so fatality investigators could reconstruct the incident and gather evidence.
Traffic was detoured down Emery Highway and Riverside Drive to get to the Coliseum Drive exit of I-16.
Because of the detour just beyond the Interstate 75 split at the Ocmulgee River, vehicles backed up in both directions on I-75.
Emergency Management Agency workers assisted with rerouting traffic until the highway reopened a little after 4 p.m., according to a news release from Macon police.
Thorpe, who lived on Wills Place in Macon, was making a large delivery to Coliseum Medical Centers and coolers and food were strewn on the road. The restaurant's yellow sign was thrown from the truck and landed in the grass off Spring Street below the overpass.
Thorpe's cousin, 53-year-old Donna Davis, died Oct. 23, days after he was hit by a vehicle on Eisenhower Parkway, Jones said.
The Macon Police Department is investigating the accident.