A tractor-trailer rig slammed into the rear of a flat-bed truck, injuring both drivers and caused major traffic snarls along I-20 in McDuffie County last Thursday morning.
Both eastbound lanes of the interstate highway were completely shut down because of the mishap, which occurred shortly before 6:30 a.m. Hazmat workers with the Georgia Department of Transportation cleaned up more than 200 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled onto both lanes.
The east bound lanes of I-20 were closed to traffic for about 51/2 hours. The accident scene was 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.
Trooper First Class Ben Rollins of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown identified those involved in the wreck as Jimmy Cody, of Thomson and Samuel Hack, of Carrollton, Ga. Mr. Cody was the driver of the flatbed truck belonging to C&H Paving Company, of Thomson, while Mr. Hack was the driver of the tractor-trailer rig.
Trooper Rollins said the mishap happened when Cody went to merge into traffic and was slammed in the rear by Hack's rig.
Charges were pending Thursday afternoon.
McDuffie County deputies along with the assistance from Thomson police and Georgia Department of Public Safety were involved in helping divert traffic to Harrison Road and Georgia Highway 150 and back onto I-20 eastbound.
After the diesel fuel was cleaned up, traffic was reported back to normal at 12:34 p.m., according to Cindy Simons, a dispatcher with the state patrol.