Colossal Crash Snarls Traffic on I-75 in Lowndes County

By: Bill Pearson
By: Bill Pearson

Investigators say that a semi was traveling south when it rear-ended the semi in front of it. It then lost control, flipped over the guardrail and finally came to a rest, where it became engulfed in flames.

Luckily, the truck didn't hit any other traffic as it crossed over the northbound lanes.

Bob Coleman, a DOT engineer, says, "That's right; nobody knew this vehicle would be crossing the median, could have been real bad."

Traffic on I-75 had to be closed in both directions for several hours as crews tried to clear all the wreckage from the road.

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office has been working the traffic around the accident scene, but deputies are asking all drivers to pay attention to the traffic in front of them, and not to the accident scene itself; that way drivers can avoid creating another problem.

CAPT Ray Ewings of the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office says, "We've already had one accident this morning on the southbound side from people trying to see what went on and why they're stopped, so we recommend everyone stay in their lane, pay attention to traffic in front of them."

Investigators say it could take months to determine the cause of the accident. The driver of the first truck was not seriously injured, while the second driver is being treated for burns.


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