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Chain-Reaction Crash in Georgia Kills Four in Fiery Pileup


Posted on Feb 26, 2013

A severe chain-reaction crash in Georgia occurred near Montrose on Interstate 16 the morning of February 6, 2013. According to authorities, there were over two dozen vehicles including tractor-trailers, pickup trucks, and cars involved in this pileup that occurred around 8:10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Weather conditions including severe fog on this Georgia interstate are being blamed for at least four deaths and nine injuries in this chain-reaction crash that involved 27 vehicles. Laura Belanger, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, said that the area was under a dense fog advisory at the time of the wreck. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, a crew was in route to put out caution signs warning of low visibility when the pileup occurred.

Investigators and the Georgia State Patrol are still trying to determine exactly what started the series of wrecks. They stated that poor visibility was a big factor, as weather forecasts called for dense fog Wednesday morning. Also, motorists reported seeing smoke across the highway, which may have been from a controlled burn that had taken place the previous day.

Police stated that the highway stretches between Macon and Savannah and that large commercial trucks hauling goods between Savannah and Atlanta often traverse this highway. In fact, seven semi trucks were involved in this chain-reaction crash including an empty fuel tanker. The fumes inside the tanker ignited and began the fire.

When emergency workers arrived on scene, six vehicles were on fire. Nine people were taken to Fairview Park Hospital for medical treatment and four people died. Those that were killed in this pileup include: Michael Jarome Smith, of Covington; Jeff Moore, of Effingham County; and Clayton and Josephine Warnock, of Dublin.

Interstate 16 was shut down in both directions for several hours following the crash as work crews cleared the wreckage that covered about a quarter-mile of the roadway.

The Law Offices of Shane Smith wishes everyone injured in this Georgia crash a complete recovery and extends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their loved ones.

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