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Deputies: 1 dead after 4 vehicle accident on I-475 in Macon

A wreck on I-475 north Thursday morning in Macon involving two tractor trailers turned fatal, deputies say/Ronshad Berry (WGXA)

UPDATE 4:30 P.M.

MACON, Ga. -- Deputies have identified the fatal victim of Thursday morning's crash on I-475 in Macon as 61-year-old George E. James from Florence, South Carolina.

All lanes on Interstate-475 (northbound) re-opened at around 4:30 p.m.

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UPDATE 12:30 P.M.

MACON, Ga. -- Deputies say a tractor trailer was stopped on I-475 in Macon Thursday morning when another tractor trailer crashed into it, killing one person and injuring three more.

"It was reported that a tractor trailer was disabled and stopped in the middle lane of the Interstate 475," Bibb County Sheriff's Office says in a press release. "The driver of the tractor trailer got out of his vehicle and began work on the tractor trailer. The driver of a Chevrolet Silverado, [a 20-year-old man], pulled in front of the tractor trailer and parked. He got out of his vehicle and attempted to assist the driver of the disabled vehicle."

At this time, a second tractor trailer driven by a 37-year-old Florida man collided with the stopped tractor trailer, continuing on to hit the Chevy Silverado as well.

"A Honda Accord, driven by [a 38-year-old Kathleen woman], was also in the middle lane," deputies say. "Her vehicle struck the trailer of the disabled tractor trailer after the initial accident took place."

The driver of the disabled tractor trailer was pronounced dead at the scene by Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones. The name of that driver cannot be released at this time until the next of kin has been notified.

The drivers of the second tractor trailer and Honda Accord were taken to Navicent Health in stable condition. The driver of the Chevy Silverado was treated and released at the scene.

"The interstate north of Eisenhower Parkway will remain closed until the accident site has been cleared," deputies say.

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ORIGINAL STORY 10:30 A.M.

MACON, Ga. -- A wreck on I-475 north Thursday morning in Macon involving two tractor trailers turned fatal, deputies say.

The accident happened around 10:15 a.m. between Thomaston Road and Zebulon Road. It involved two tractor trailers, a truck and a Honda.

"Traffic is being diverted from Interstate 475 (north) and travelers are asked to exit at the Eisenhower Parkway off-ramp," Bibb County Sheriff's Office says in a press release. "Once exiting at Eisenhower, traffic can travel east, to Interstate 75. Currently, traffic is at a 'standstill' as the accident is being investigated."

Deputies say the area will be blocked for about three hours as crews clear the scene.

WGXA is working to learn more. Check back here for updates.


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