LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - One person is confirmed dead after a multi-vehicle wreck on I-75 Northbound in Lowndes County Friday night. The accident happened at the six mile marker of the interstate, north of the Loch Laurel bridge at about 8:58 p.m.
A red sedan driven by 88-year-old James Lowell Baker from Springfield, MO was traveling north on I-75 and became disabled in the middle lane. Baker stopped the vehicle in the middle lane with no working light lights. He then stepped out of the vehicle and attempted to walk to the east shoulder of the road. A green sedan driven by 64-year-old Robert Lee Laster from Pinellas Park, FL struck Baker and veered off onto the east shoulder.
A white pickup truck pulling a 30-foot trailer driven by 64-year-old Harold Dean Millis from Ruskin, FL was traveling north in the middle lane and swerved in an attempt to avoid the disabled red sedan. The trailer then struck the red sedan on the passenger side rear end, causing the sedan to rotate slightly in the roadway and the truck to rest north of it.
Another white pickup truck driven by 56-year-old Eric Donald Rase from Lansing, Michigan then struck the red sedan, causing it to travel into the left lane and face west. Rase's truck then traveled into the right lane and struck Millis' trailer, where it remained stationary.
Baker was confirmed deceased at the scene. A passenger in the green sedan, identified as 54-year-old Shelley Tukes of St. Petersburg, FL sustained injuries to her face from broken glass.
All three northbound lanes were shut down from approximately 9 p.m. until 1:25 a.m. Troopers did not suspect alcohol or drugs as contributing factors to the crash. No charges will be filed in the wreck.