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I-16 crash sends one to Augusta for burns
Three tractor-trailer rigs involved
GSP accident

Georgia state troopers are investigating a fiery crash involving three tractor-trailer rigs that occurred early Tuesday morning on Interstate 16.

Two people were injured in the collision, but there were no fatalities. One man was severely burned and was airlifted to a burn unit at an Augusta hospital after first being transported by EMS to East Georgia Regional Medical Center, said Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Chris Rodewolt.

The second person suffered minor injuries, he said.

Just before 8 a.m. Tuesday, as traffic was slowed due to a previous wreck on I-16 near the 121 mile marker, a tractor-trailer rig slammed into the back of another one that was stalled in traffic, he said. The impact caused the second truck to collide with a third.

One truck caught fire and burned completely, he said, and was so badly damaged that “it was hard to tell what was what.”

The interstate was closed for about five hours following the crash, reopening around 1:15 p.m., according to GSP reports.

Rodewolt was unable to release further information Tuesday, including the names of the drivers, as the investigation is ongoing.

In April 2015, five Georgia Southern University nursing students were killed in a similar crash about 20 miles further east on I-16. Traffic had been halted due to a previous wreck, and the driver of a tractor-trailer did not slow down, plowing into the car holding the students at around 70 mph. The impact affected several other vehicles and injured two others.

Rodewolt said he expects to release further information about the crash on Wednesday.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

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