‘Almost a miracle,’ no fatal injuries in pile up
A three-car crash on westbound Interstate 16 turned heads and snarled traffic Thursday near Interstate 75 in Macon.
Two women and two children were taken to a hospital after the 2:30 p.m. wreck, Macon-Bibb fire battalion Chief Tim Johnson said.
A Jeep Grand Cherokee landed atop the back end of a 2000 Honda Accord, crushing the sedan like an accordion and drawing rubberneckers who slowed eastbound traffic.
Katherine Collier, 28, was at the wheel of the 2015 Jeep that ran into the back of the Honda which crashed into the back of a 53-foot tractor trailer, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.
A 1-year-old and a 3-year-old were traveling with Collier and were consoled and comforted by Macon-Bibb firefighters on the side of the road. Both small children were properly restrained in car seats and were not seriously hurt, the release stated.
They were loaded into the ambulance with Collier to go to the hospital to be checked out.
Jacquelin Mayen, 23, who is 37 weeks pregnant, was temporarily trapped in the driver's seat of the Honda because the door would not open on the mangled car.
"Miraculously she was not pinned by the vehicle or anything like that. Airbags did deploy and she was stable when she left," Johnson said.
Firefighters freed her from the wreckage and she was loaded into an ambulance.
Mayen did not appear to suffer any life-threatening injuries but was complaining of back pain, Johnson said.
Sparkle Quick, the 39-year-old driver of the tractor trailer, pulled off the side of the interstate near the Ocmulgee river bridge. She did not appear to be injured as she spoke to deputies about the collision in the work zone of the new interchange under construction.
No traffic citations were issued, but the crash is still being investigated.
Anyone with information about the wreck is urged to call the sheriff's office at 478-751-7500, or call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.