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September 19, 2002

A dangerous section of south Georgia interstate proves deadly again. Part of Interstate-75 in Cordele was closed for hours Wednesday night and Thursday morning after a deadly crash.

In two years, at least ten people have been killed in wrecks on I-75 in Crisp County. Law enforcers say there is no one answer to explain why.

This mangled metal is what remains of two tractor trailers, involved in a deadly three vehicle wreck. It happened here, on I-75 north, between exits 100 and 101 in Crisp County. Crisp County Sheriff Donnie Haralson says preliminary reports show heavy rain might have played a part in Wednesday night's accident. The Sheriff is quick to point out that most of the wrecks on I-75 have different contributing factors, but does admit this area is congested. Donnie Haralson says, "We're 100 miles from Florida line, 140 miles from Atlanta, so we are sort of a central stopping point."

Besides being a popular place for drivers to stop, the number of lanes also shrinks. Haralson says, "If you back up even further, the Dooly-Crisp line is where three lanes end, people having to get used to two lane traffic."

The Sheriff says there isn't one reason why accidents seem to happen more frequently here, and says he doesn't see an end, "Some of this won't change, congestion will stay, hopefully the roads will improve and we are actively out trying to slow drivers down and will continue to do that."

And law enforcement hope there efforts will curb deadly accidents like this one.

From the Crisp-Dooly County line to the Florida border, 18 people died on I-75 in the first six months of this year. That number does not include last night's death or other fatalities in the last two and a half months.

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