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One person was killed and at least one other was seriously injured Wednesday evening in two crashes on Interstate 16.
Georgia State Patrol troopers were investigating an accident between a car and a truck on westbound I-16 near mile marker 117 – about a mile from U.S. 301 South – when the second crash happened, involving two 18-wheelers, according to information shared between dispatchers and emergency responders.
The driver of one tractor-trailer rig was killed in the second crash. A victim of the first crash was airlifted to a Savannah hospital by Air Evac.
The first accident occurred about 5:30 p.m., and the second crash happened while the trooper was investigating the first, just a few minutes later.
Bulloch County 911 operators dispatched at least three ambulances and several fire trucks to the scene. One concern was diesel fuel spilling onto a hot engine, according to reports.
Georgia State Patrol Capt. Kirk McGlamery said the patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating both accidents. Troopers on the scene said the first accident, and traffic issues stemming from it, contributed to the second accident.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper 1st Class Trey Miller and Sgt. 1st Class Brad Mosher, the Post 45 commander, led the investigations.
Troopers detoured traffic to the Ga. 46 exit, closing the Ga. 67 exit, while the accidents were being cleared.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.