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New wreck hurts 2 at same site as crash that killed 2 deputies

Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 8:03 AM EDT
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GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Two people were hurt this morning in an Interstate 20 accident that happened where two deputies died in a crash less than 24 hour earlier.

It’s part of a 22-mile stretch of the highway that averages more than an accident a day.

The latest crash occurred at about 8 a.m. near Exit 190 of Interstate 20. Authorities at the scene said an eastbound car was hit from behind by another vehicle, sending it over the guardrail.

The crash left a vehicle in a grassy median as packed traffic slowly moved past on the eastbound side near Lewiston Road.

Two females were hurt in the crash, one suffering a back and shoulder injury and one suffering minor injuries, crews at the scene told News 12.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said crews and affected vehicles had cleared the scene by 9:30 a.m.

Roadwork was occurring at the site this morning, with orange signs visible. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office authorities attributed that work to Tuesday’s fatal crash and said it may have been a contributing factor in today’s wreck.

The crash Tuesday occurred as a maintenance project was scheduled at the location, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. The roadwork was expected to have a minor impact on traffic, closing the right lane. It was unclear whether Tuesday’s crash was related to the project.

The deadly crash happened at 11:10 a.m. Tuesday when the Fulton County patrol car struck the rear of a tractor-trailer that was stopped for traffic on the eastbound side.

Also Tuesday, another fatal crash happened 10 miles to the west, also on the eastbound side of I-20, and involved nine vehicles.

And Exit 190 is about 16 miles east of where a tow truck driver was killed in a hit-and-run crash less than two weeks ago.

The Georgia Department of Transportation says accidents on that part of I-20 are not uncommon. In 2016 alone, there were more than 370 accidents between mile markers 172 and 194.

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