THOMSON - A tractor-trailer rig slammed into the rear of a flat-bed truck, injuring both drivers earlier this morning and causing major traffic problems along I-20 in McDuffie County.
Both eastbound lanes of the interstate highway are completely shut down due the mishap, which occurred shortly before 6:30 a.m. Hazmat workers with the Georgia Department of Transportation currently are on the scene and attempting to clean up more than 200-gallons of diesel fuel that spilled onto both lanes.
Authorities say the east bound lanes of I-20 could be closed for another five to six hours. The accident scene is between the two Thomson exits, 172 and 175.
The drivers of both trucks were treated at the scene by personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first responders with the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services. Both later were flown by helicopter to Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.
The names of the injured drivers have not been released.
Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown are investigating the crash.
McDuffie County deputies, meanwhile, along with assistance from Thomson police and Georgia Department of Public Safety are involved in helping divert traffic to Harrison Road and Georgia Highway 150 and back onto I-20 eastbound.