I-75 southbound backed up for miles in Lowndes Co. - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

I-75 southbound backed up for miles in Lowndes Co.

A wreck on I-75 in Cook County caused traffic delays for drivers heading Northbound late Tuesday morning A wreck on I-75 in Cook County caused traffic delays for drivers heading Northbound late Tuesday morning
C. H. Parrish C. H. Parrish
LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) -

All lanes were back open late Tuesday afternoon on I-75 in South Lowndes County after two semis collided early Tuesday morning.

Just before 4:30 a.m., a semi carrying frozen pizzas pulled over onto the shoulder in the Southbound lanes about a mile South of exit 16 after running out of gas.

GSP Trooper C. H. Parrish said a second semi ran into it a short time later, causing the parked semi to overturn. Two lanes of I-75 were shut down for around nine hours while crews worked to clear the scene.

"The tractor trailer that's behind me," said Trooper Parrish as he stood in front of the accident recalling what happened, "was parked over here on the emergency side of the roadway. Another tractor trailer came along and struck the rear of it, which caused it to overturn.

Both drivers were taken to South Georgia Medical Center for treatment, but were not seriously hurt.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the driver of the semi that caused the crash was being charged with failure to maintain lane.

Another wreck in Cook County late Tuesday morning at the Cecil exit had traffic snarled as well. Around noon, a tow truck was on scene to haul a tractor trailer away in the Northbound lanes.

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