4 killed in fiery highway crash near Macon


Officials say more than two dozen vehicles collided in a fiery pileup Wednesday morning on Interstate 16, south of Macon, where at least three people were killed and 12 others were hurt.

MONTROSE, Ga. - More than two dozen vehicles collided in a fiery pileup on a Georgia interstate on Wednesday morning, killing at least four people and leaving 12 others hurt, an emergency official said.

News Chopper 2 flew over Interstate 16, south of Macon just before noon. Laurens County EMS director Terry Cobb, who is at the scene, told The Associated Press at least six vehicles were still on fire when crews arrived. Emergency officials encountered fog on the way to the crash site, though it was not immediately known if that was a factor in the wreck, Cobb said.

A state Department of Transportation crew was on its way to put out metal warning signs, according to DOT, when the crew got a call from the sheriff. Emergency workers said the fog was clear when they arrived.

"Once we got there, the fog was kind of lifted at the scene," Cobb said.

Cobb said 27 vehicles were involved in at least two or three separate accidents, though emergency responders were still going through the wreckage. At least 12 people were taken to hospitals in the nearby town of Dublin, though most injuries appeared to be minor, Cobb said.

Joy Pope, a 911 operator with Laurens County, said emergency responders were working to extinguish a fire involving a petroleum tanker truck.

The pileup happened near Montrose, about 40 miles southeast of Macon. It shut down a roughly seven-mile stretch of the highway that is a major artery between Savannah and Macon, forcing cars to be detoured around the area.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.