Man killed in wreck on I-16 in Bleckley County

A Savannah man was killed Thursday in a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 16 near the Montrose/Allentown exit in Bleckley County, according to authorities.

The man, whose name authorities did not release pending notification of family members, was pronounced dead at The Medical Center of Central Georgia following the accident, which happened at about 3 p.m., said senior trooper Keith Gundy of the Georgia State Patrol post in Dublin.

Gundy said the man, possibly a student at a local college, was a passenger in a 1999 silver Toyota 4-Runner driven by an 18-year-old Savannah woman, who also is believed to be a student.

The driver was headed east on I-16 in the inside lane when she lost control of the sport utility vehicle and crashed into the median, causing her vehicle to overturn several times, Gundy said.

The man was ejected from the SUV, according to authorities. He was not wearing a safety belt at the time of accident, Gundy said, and his seat was in a reclined position.

The driver was not critically injured, but she was transported to the Medical Center for treatment.

Gundy said traffic was blocked for nearly three hours as authorities worked to clear wreckage from the road. Vehicles were detoured off the interstate to Ga. 112, he said.

The incident remains under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.