Authorities: 3 dead in fiery highway crash in Ga.

February 6, 2013 8:12:19 AM PST
An emergency official says a fiery pileup involving more than two dozen vehicles on a Georgia interstate has left at least three people dead and 12 others hurt.

Laurens County EMS director Terry Cobb, who is at the scene on Interstate 16 in central Georgia, says at least six vehicles were still on fire when crews arrived. Emergency officials encountered fog on the way to the crash site, though it was not immediately known if that was a factor in the wreck, Cobb said.

"Once we got there, the fog was kind of lifted at the scene," he said.

Cobb said 27 vehicles were involved in at least two or three separate accidents, though emergency responders were still going through the wreckage. At least 12 people were taken to hospitals in the nearby town of Dublin, though most injuries appeared to be minor, Cobb said.

Joy Pope, a 911 operator with Laurens County, said emergency responders were working to extinguish a fire involving a petroleum tanker truck.

The pileup happened near Montrose, about 40 miles southeast of Macon. It shut down a roughly seven-mile stretch of the highway that is a major artery between Savannah and Macon, forcing cars to be detoured around the area.

Flames and dark, heavy smoke could be seen along the interstate.