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.