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MONTROSE, Ga. — Rescue crews and firemen arrived at the scene of a fiery multi-vehicle pileup that involved more than two dozen vehicles, semi trucks and pickup trucks that resulted in a fiery pileup on the foggy Interstate 16 near Montrose, Georgia on Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, killing at least four people and leaving at least nine others injured.

Several tractor trailers were involved in a fatal chain reaction accident that left 4 people dead on I-16 near Montrose, GA on February 6, 2013. Photo credit: The Weather Channel

Several tractor trailers were involved in a fatal chain reaction accident that left 4 people dead on I-16 near Montrose, GA on February 6, 2013. Photo credit: The Weather Channel

The accident occurred at about 8:10 a.m. Wednesday morning and caused a chain reaction that covered about a quarter-mile of the roadway. Capt. Kirk McGlamery of the Georgia State Police said even drivers who dodged to the side of cars crashing in front of them weren’t safe from getting rear-ended off the highway’s shoulder.

Charred remains of several vehicles after a multi-vehicle pileup on I-16 where 4 people were killed on February 6, 2013 between Jeffersonville and Montrose, GA. Photo credit: The Weather Channel

Officials said poor visibility likely played a big part. Weather forecasts called for dense fog Wednesday morning, and McGlamery said motorists reported smoke across the highway. He said a controlled burn had been permitted nearby the day before, and troopers were trying to find out if burning continued into Wednesday.

Map showing location of fiery semi truck crash that killed 4 people on the westbound I-16 just outside Montrose, GA on February 6, 2012.

Map showing location of fiery semi truck crash that killed 4 people on the westbound I-16 just outside Montrose, GA on February 6, 2012.

McGlamery said seven tractor-trailers were involved in the pileup, including an empty fuel tanker. Fumes inside the tanker exploded and caught fire, though the driver of the rig survived.

Authorities said nine people injured in the crash were taken to Fairview Park Hospital in nearby Dublin. Jeff Bruton, a hospital administrator, said all were treated and released except for one patient who was transferred to a hospital in Macon.

The dead were identified as: Michael Jarome Smith of Covington; Joel E. Moore of Clyo; and Clayton and Josephine Warnock of Dublin.

Laura Belanger, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Peachtree City said that the area was under a dense fog advisory at the time of the pileup and in some areas, visibility was only a quarter-mile or less.

Source: The Weather Channel


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