UPDATE: State patrol: 4th person dies after Ga. wrecks

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
There are many injuries after an accident along I-16. (Picture courtesy of Jackie Brown, taken with permission from 13WMAZ website)

There are many injuries after an accident along I-16. (Picture courtesy of Jackie Brown, taken with permission from 13WMAZ website)

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

MONTROSE, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say a fourth person has died after a morning pileup on a foggy Georgia interstate.

The Georgia State Patrol said Wednesday that a fourth person was found dead in the wreckage.

Nine others were taken to a hospital, all but one of whom were treated and released.

Laurens County EMS Director Terry Cobb says at least six vehicles were still on fire when crews arrived. The state patrol says there were four separate crashes involving 27 vehicles.

Officials said poor visibility likely played a big part. One forecaster says visibility was less than a quarter-mile in some areas Wednesday morning.

Initial report:

MONTROSE, Ga. (AP) -- Officials say a fiery pileup involving more than two dozen vehicles on a Georgia interstate has left at least three people dead and several others hurt.

A petroleum tanker truck also caught fire in the wrecks that happened Wednesday morning near Montrose on Interstate 16, a major artery between Savannah and Macon.

Laurens County EMS Director Terry Cobb told The Associated Press that 12 people were taken to a hospital in the nearby town of Dublin. However, the Georgia State Patrol said later in the day that nine people were hurt. The discrepancy in the number of injuries could not immediately be resolved.

Cobb says at least six vehicles were still on fire when crews arrived. The state patrol says there were four separate crashes involving 27 vehicles.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)

Image courtesy of Jackie Brown, taken with permission from 13WMAZ.com


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