Massive pileups on the freeway are an infrequent sight, but when they happen, they can be catastrophic. One such accident took place on a local Georgia highway recently. I-16 turned into what sum originally described as ‘a war zone’ with the fiery consequences and explosions that followed the accident.

On Feb. 6, a 27-vehicle pileup on I-16 took the lives of four people and injured nine others. The pileup took place near Montrose, about 40 miles southeast of Macon. It is not yet known what the initial cause of the accident was, but both fog and local fires are thought to be contributing factors. Prior to the crash, Department of Transportation workers were on their way to the area to place warning signs about the local fires burning.

Investigators are holding all vehicles that were involved in the crash, whether completely destroyed or only minimally damaged in order to fully understand complete details as to what occurred in the fatal pileup. Each vehicle and its role in the accident can help investigators piece together the puzzle of what happened and help them to determine the cause. Investigators state it could take up to a year for the investigation to be completed.

Many individuals and families were affected by the consequences of this massive pileup and there are many questions and concerns to be addressed in the coming days, months, and years. For those who have experienced injuries or the loss of a loved one, contacting a trustworthy personal injury attorney can help them prepare for and pursue any legal options and remedies that may be available to their situation.

Source: 13WMAZ, “Investigators Return to I-16 Crash Scene,” Tom George, Feb. 9, 2013