Death toll rises in suspected DUI pile-up as holiday travel begins: police


The death toll in a multi-vehicle crash on Georgia’s Interstate 95 near the Florida border has risen to four, law enforcement officials said.

At around 2:30 p.m. Friday, police were called to investigate an accident involving a ‘white international’ tractor-trailer and a Nissan Armada, according to a description of the incident sent by Georgia’s Ministry of Public Security to Newsweek Saturday.

The department said the driver of the tractor-trailer “lost control of the vehicle, which began to roll over and struck a Chevrolet Silverado.”

“The tractor-trailer then traveled through the center median into the northbound traffic lanes. The tractor-trailer was then struck by a Nissan Xterra, a Honda Pilot and a black Peterbilt semi-trailer before coming to rest definitely on Interstate 95 North,” the statement added.

The death toll in a multi-vehicle crash on Georgia’s Interstate 95 near the Florida border has risen to four, law enforcement officials said. Above, cars wait in a traffic jam caused by an accident in Danville, California, on December 29, 2021.
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Georgia’s Ministry of Public Security said two passengers in the tractor-trailer died of injuries from the crash, as did two passengers in the Honda Pilot.

The tractor-trailer driver, who was taken to hospital, was “suspected of being under the influence of alcohol,” the department said, adding that “all charges will be dealt with by Georgia State. Patrol, Troop I Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) at the end of their investigation.”

The accident also temporarily blocked freeway travel ahead of the busy Fourth of July weekend.

“There is an accident on I-95 S at St. Mary’s Road CR 61, leaving all lanes blocked. I-95 N at this location also has blocked lanes. Avoid traveling in this direction and use routes alternatives,” the Georgia Department of Transportation said in a tweet around 3 p.m. Friday.

At 9 p.m., the department then tweeted, “ALL LANES NOW OPEN I-95 SB & NB at St. Marys Rd. Congestion is heavy.”

According to local news station WXIA, at least 12 people were taken to hospitals following the crash on I-95.

In another pile-up accident in Pennsylvania in March involving at least 80 vehicles, at least six people died. In addition to those killed, two dozen others were taken to hospitals following the crash, according to state police. Local law enforcement said the pileup involved 41 passenger vehicles and 39 utility vehicles.

In another recent crash in New York in April, a man was left in critical condition after being violently ejected from his vehicle over the Brooklyn Bridge.




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