Traffic was halted for hours on Interstate 16 West due to a fatal accident early Wednesday near mile marker 13 in Twiggs County.
Just before 6 a.m., Macon-Bibb County firefighters were called for mutual aid in the multi-vehicle accident that happened just after 5:20 a.m.
Battalion fire chief Tim Johnson said it looked like two tractor-trailers and a car were involved in the crash.
“We’re lucky to have just one fatality, and that’s sad to say,” Johnson said after leaving the scene. “The cab was ripped completely off the truck.”
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Debris from that truck was scattered along the pavement. The deceased driver had to be cut from the wreckage.
A passenger sleeping in the bed compartment was not seriously hurt.
The driver of the second tractor trailer, which wound up in the emergency lane, left the scene.
A Ford Explorer with a Twiggs County woman behind the wheel overturned in the crash.
She was not believed to be critically injured, Twiggs County Coroner Harold Reece said.
The driver and the truck passenger were taken to Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon with non-fatal injuries, Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Lee Weaver said.
No further information about injuries was immediately available.
The Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is reconstructing the crash.
“It’s still under investigation to find out the actual logistics of the crash,” Weaver said.
In a secondary accident, another truck driver initially said he stopped in the Ford Explorer’s lane to keep other approaching vehicles from hitting her, but it was later determined his truck actually hit the unoccupied Explorer and spun it around a little, Weaver said.
All westbound lanes were blocked until early afternoon as troopers investigated the accident.
Westbound vehicles were detoured at Bullard Road.
Twiggs County deputies later closed the left eastbound lane to allow for some of the stalled westbound traffic to turn at mile marker 14 and detour onto Bullard Road to Ga. 129, also known as the Cochran Short Route.
The left lane opened at about 10 a.m. for the other westbound vehicles to go toward Macon through the wreck scene
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