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I-520 crash involves deer, pedestrian, 4 cars and only 2 injuries

Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 5:42 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A predawn chain reaction traffic accident involving a deer, a pedestrian and four cars shut down Interstate 520 for a time early Friday and prompted a huge response from emergency crews.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, the most amazing thing is that only two people had to be sent to a hospital — and their injuries weren’t life-threatening.

It all started when a vehicle struck a deer around 5:40 a.m. on eastbound I-520 at mile marker 13 between Doug Barnard Parkway and the Laney Walker Boulevard/Sand Bar Ferry exit.

When the driver got out of the car, a second accident occurred, with a car overturning and striking the driver of the first car.

Then a chain reaction started, involving two more cars.

After the crash, only one westbound lane was open, and the eastbound side was completely shut down starting miles ahead of the wreck scene, which was very active with firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical crews.

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the scene wasn’t cleared for hours.

This was the scene of a multiple-vehicle crash on eastbound Interstate 520 in Augusta.
This was the scene of a multiple-vehicle crash on eastbound Interstate 520 in Augusta.(WRDW)

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