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GSP details cause of fatal accident on I-95 in Richmond Hill

RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (WSAV) - One person is dead and five others are injured following a multi-vehicle accident on I-95 in Richmond Hill.

The accident occurred just before 6:00 p.m. Thursday near exit 90.

According to the Georgia State Patrol (GSP), a tractor-trailer traveling southbound in the right lane at mile marker 87 suddenly came upon slow-moving traffic and attempted to move to avoid colliding with the line of cars.

While moving into the center lane, it struck another tractor-trailer, causing it to spin out of control and into the line of cars waiting to exit.

The tractor-trailer struck two SUVs.

One SUV was dragged several feet and thrown over the side of a concrete barrier onto railroad tracks. The woman driving was able to exit the vehicle.

The second SUV, with one female and one male passenger, was pinned against a concrete barrier. The SUV burst into flames, which also caused the tractor-trailer to catch fire.

The woman driving the SUV was unable to exit the vehicle. The male passenger was able to exit but received burns in the process.

He was transported to the Joseph M. Stills Burn Center in Augusta.

According to GSP's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team, a Jeep was also rear-ended in the accident.

The team says charges are pending against the driver of the tractor-trailer who set off the chain of events.

All southbound lanes were shut down for hours as police investigated the scene. Northbound lanes had to be rerouted for a period of time.

All lanes reopened around 1:30 a.m. on Friday.

No word on the identity of the deceased individual.

In total, five people were transported to nearby hospitals. The extent of their injuries is not known at this time.

Lewis Levine, Coastal News Service contributed to this report


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