4-truck crash kills 2, blocks I-20 east in Carroll County

Two people in a silver pickup truck were killed in a four-truck crash on I-20 eastbound just after 6 p.m. at Highway 113 in Carroll County, officials say.

The victims were identified as driver Larry Donnell Adams, 53, of Benton, La., and Peggy O’Neal, 51, of Bossier City, La., Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Tracey Watson said Thursday.

All lanes were blocked for more than five hours, Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tracey Watson said.

It all happened at exit 19 and traffic was routed off the interstate at Highway 27, which is exit 11.

The deadly chain reaction started when a tractor-trailer headed eastbound struck a second tractor-trailer, which then struck the silver pickup truck, killing the driver and a passenger.

“That second tractor-trailer then vaulted over the pickup truck and struck a third tractor trailer,” Watson said. “The third tractor-trailer then struck a fourth tractor-trailer.”

The driver of the first tractor-trailer was flown to the hospital and condition was not known before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Watson said names of the dead would be released after notification of next of kin.

Watson said charges are pending completion of the GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team follow-up investigation.

Motorists traveling east on I-20 toward Atlanta from the Alabama border are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes in order to avoid extreme delays.

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