Another I-20 construction zone accident due to speeding

By: Kristen Cosby
By: Kristen Cosby

Traffic was still backed up more than 13 hours after an accident in the construction zone on interstate 20 near the warren road overpass.

Investigators say the accident was caused by speeding.

And it's the third one in that area in about a month.

It's all a result of a semi that investigators say was driving too fast.

The speed limit in the construction zone is 45 miles per hour.

Investigators say fast speed caused the truck's driver to hit a concrete barrier and lose his back wheels.

As a result, I-20 commuters sat still or crept along for nearly 13 hours.

This is the third major accident in the construction zone since Easter, and all are blamed on speed.

Last Friday, May 12, another 18-wheeler overturned in almost the same spot, and on Easter Sunday a woman died when her car flipped while going 95 miles per hour.

"It's always the potential to be a deadly accident when you have high speeds and narrow lanes through a construction site," says Gary Pulliam of the Department of Transportation.

Pulliam says they are doing their best to warn the public. Signs are posted along the route, and deputies frequently watch the area.

"But obviously they can't be there 24 hours a day, and ultimately its the responsibility of the driver to heed the signs and slow down and pay attention," Pulliam says.

The problem is, many drivers don't.

A few weeks ago, we clocked traffic with our News 12 radar gun and found plenty of cars going 25 miles an hour over the speed limit.

That doesn't just hurt our commute...it's also dangerous for the workers.

"Any one gets out of control they can hit any one out working on the side of the road," says construction worker John Henley.

During the accident, the truck's fuel tank ruptured, and 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled out.

The DOT says they'll have to dig up that part of the ground because it is now contaminated.

And you may get a letter a little late this week...the truck was carrying US mail.

The truck driver is facing charges.

The DOT hopes to finish the I-20 construction project next April...but what is it all leading to?

It will be another entrance point to Interstate 20 along Davis Road, which will give you better access to the Augusta Exchange shopping center.

Davis Road is also being widened to four lanes.

Crews will also expand the interchange between Interstates 20 and 520. Flyover ramps will be added...which has some comparing the interchange to Atlanta's Spaghetti Junction.


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