A crash involving two tractor-trailers shut down I-20 east past Liberty Road. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

2 hurt in major tractor-trailer crash on I-20 in Villa Rica

A crash involving two tractor-trailers shut down I-20 east past Liberty Road for more than two hours Friday morning.

About 6:15 a.m., one tractor-trailer ran into the back of another one, then ran into the woods, littering I-20 with debris.

Driver of a Mack tractor-trailer David L. Furgerson, Jr., 45, was following too closely and struck the rear of a FedEx tractor-trailer, pulling double trailers.

After impact, the Mack tractor-trailer exited the south shoulder of the roadway and struck a guard rail, the Georgia State Patrol said in a news release. After hitting the guard rail, the Mack tractor-trailer traveled down an embankment, striking several trees and partially overturned onto its passenger side.

The driver of the FedEx tractor-trailer, 58-year-old Jerome Perkins, continued traveling on I-20 Eastbound in the right lane and maintained control of his trailers, slowing to a stop in the right lane.

The rear axle of the FedEx tractor-trailer broke into two large pieces of the trailer, causing debris and packages to be ejected from the trailer.

Furgerson was hurt and flown to Grady Memorial Hospital. Charges against him are pending, the GSP said.

Perkins was also hurt and taken to Tanner Villa Rica Hospital.

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