One person dead and two injured in I-16 wreck

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TWIGGS COUNTY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – I-16 west in Twiggs County was closed for much of Wednesday morning.

The Georgia State Patrol closed the road as they investigated a fatal accident, that also sent two people to the hospital.

Georgia State Trooper Brian Jones says, “One 18-wheeler rear ended another one, somehow in the mix a ford explorer began to overturn and the driver of that one was taken to the hospital. One of the 18-wheelers drivers was deceased. He was fatal when we got here.”

The deceased driver was 57-year-old Archie March.

The accident blocked lanes so no others drivers could pass through. Then another accident happened just moments later.

Jones says, “A third 18-wheeler came through and actually hit the overturned vehicle while it was upside down in the roadway.”

The Georgia State Patrol is considering that driver a hit and run because after the accident, he left the scene.

“Witnesses say that he was here. He was actually helping out helping people get out of the vehicles and things like that. When he learned of law enforcement approaching and getting close by, he went ahead and left the scene,” Jones adds.

This accident leaves law enforcement officers with questions to why he left and what caused the initial accident. The driver of the ford explorer and the passenger who was riding with March is also in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police found the suspect in Brasleton, Georgia.

The suspect’s supervisor called police. He told police that the suspect didn’t think he needed to stay around, so he left the scene.

 

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!