Saturday, January 23, 2010

Accident on I-75 leads to additional wrecks..Caused By Loose Trailer

Accident on I-75 leads to additional wrecks


WARNER ROBINS — Traffic was snarled along Interstate 75 North near the Peach and Houston county line after a series of accidents late Wednesday and early Thursday, the Georgia State Patrol said.

Two minor wrecks Thursday morning near Ga. 96 were related to wrecks the night before at mile marker 141 in Peach County. Cleanup was still in progress for most of the morning. The incidents and rainy weather caused a traffic backup, with the vehicles in the minor wrecks coming up too quickly on slowed traffic, the patrol said.

Wednesday night, the driver of a pickup with a trailer pulled over after the trailer came loose. But the trailer was not all the way off the road, trooper Justin Tabor said.

A tractor-trailer, with vehicles in the other two lanes next to it, had nowhere to go and struck the trailer, Tabor said. The tractor-trailer also struck a second tractor-trailer before turning over. The tractor-trailer that turned over split open, spilling plastic pallets. The cleanup from the 9 p.m. wreck closed two northbound lanes overnight and into Thursday morning.

James Magliette, 56, of Van Buren, Ark., the driver of the tractor-trailer that overturned, was transported to the Houston Medical Center, where he was treated for broken or cracked ribs, Tabor said.

Grady Woodliff, 55, of Blairsville, was determined to be at fault in connection with the Wednesday night wreck of the tractor-trailer and charges are pending, Tabor said. Woodliff was the driver of the pickup that was pulling the trailer.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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