Early Wednesday morning, a chain reaction wreck led to a 29 car pile-up on I-16 near mile marker 36. According to Georgia State Patrol, ambulances were sent from three surrounding counties to aid the victims of the wreck. Four fatalities were confirmed and nine others were injured, though the severity of their injuries is yet to be released. Highway Patrol stated that it was unlikely the highway, a main artery between Macon and Savannah – would reopen before at least 5 PM, Wednesday afternoon.
The wreck began as one accident and the other chain reaction occurred as vehicles approached the first accident in the heavy morning fog. It is reported that there were at least a half-dozen vehicles on fire as a result of the crash. One witness reported that the combination from the car fires and the morning fog made it almost impossible to even see the brake lights of the car in front of him. One of the vehicles, a fuel tanker, exploded after plowing into an 18-wheeler, causing even more smoke and sending debris flying on both sides of the interstate.
The Georgia Department of Transportation issued a statement stating that the area where the wreck occurred was under a dense fog advisory at the time of the accidents. The fog was likely the reason why so many vehicles were unable to stop in time because drivers could not see the approaching accident from far enough away. It has been reported that fog is a top cause of car accidents, especially early in the morning and late at night.
Driving safely in bad weather conditions requires patience and attentiveness. To avoid accidents, refrain from doing tasks that may distract you from driving, such as switching the radio or engaging in loud conversations with your passengers. Most importantly, drive slowly. When visibility is low, driving slowly and carefully is the best way you can protect yourself and the drivers around you. At Van Sant Law, LLC, we understand that even the best drivers can find themselves victims of a car accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call our office today to learn about how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.