A tractor-trailer rear ended a passenger car near the 177 mile marker on Interstate 20 early Monday morning.
According to McDuffie County 911 Director Tracy Neal, dispatchers received the first call at 6:02 a.m. The accident led officials to divert traffic flow down alternate routes and caused at least one other accident along the interstate which held up traffic well after 9 a.m.
Sean Huffman was driving a flat-bed truck loaded down with steel when he ran into Anthony Burley's car in the westbound lanes, said Trooper Mark Cabe with the Georgia State Patrol's Thomson Post.
Both vehicles crossed the median and the eastbound lanes, ending up in the woods. Trooper Cabe said it took rescue workers over an hour to extricate Mr. Huffman from the truck which had rolled over twice.
He was flown via AirMed helicopter to the Medical College of Georgia for treatment. Providing landing space for the helicopter caused officials to shut down the interstate around 6:45 a.m.
Aside from a few minor scratches and bruises, Mr. Burley was relatively unhurt. Trooper Cabe spoke to Mr. Huffman later on Monday and said he was doing well.
"At that time they hadn't found any broken bones or anything, so he was basically just pinned in. It wasn't any life-threatening injuries," Trooper Cabe said.
After officials closed off lanes on the interstate, a second accident caused further problems for motorists. After opening one lane at 7:21 a.m., officials closed it down at 7:29 a.m. Traffic was re-routed down Whiteoak Road to Pumpkin Center and was backed up on the two-lane road for more than three miles at times. All lanes of the interstate were reopened by 9 a.m.
Officers from the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department, the Department of Natural Resources and other agencies helped respond to the accident scene.