By Quinn Rafferty, Staff Writer
A sudden downpour last Friday caused a series of accidents on Interstate 20.
According to Sgt. Justin Howard, Georgia State Patrol, nine cars were involved in accidents on Friday, Jan. 3 on I-20 east near mile marker 106. Between the nine cars, there were five crashes with various minor injuries. Time of the accidents spans from 11:17 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
According to Howard, the first incident involved a vehicle which “lost control of the vehicle due to hydroplaning. The vehicle traveled off the road into the median and struck the cable barrier which separates the eastbound and westbound lanes and came to rest.” Between the three passengers in the car, there were no injuries. However, an infant passenger was transported to Morgan Medical Center.
Two single-car accidents followed the initial accident because of reactions to the first. The two cars involved had single passengers. There were no injuries between the two passengers.
Following the two single-car collisions, four cars collided. This incident was a continued reaction to the initial crash. Between the four cars, there were nine people involved, three of which sustained minor injuries and were transported to Piedmont Athens Regional.
Traffic accumulated over the next several hours, causing another accident two hours after the initial accident involving two cars. According to Sgt. Howard, “the crashes occurred due to traffic congestion created by the first four crashes.” There were no injuries in the final accident.
Police wrapped up at 3:15 p.m. and traffic was able to resume normal operations.