Icy conditions contributed to a massive wreck Monday morning along I-75 in Catoosa County as approximately 35 vehicles were involved in a pileup between Tunnel Hill and Ringgold.
According to Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk:
“At 6:44 a.m., deputies received a call of a multiple car accident on Interstate 75 northbound at mile marker 346,” Sisk said. “Deputies arrived on the scene to find approximately 35 vehicles involved in an accident that closed northbound Interstate 75 for about four hours.”
Sisk says emergency crews were able to assess the damage and get treatment for those who were injured.
“Fifteen individuals were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries; four to Hamilton Medical, five to Erlanger, and six to Memorial Georgia (formerly Cornerstone),” Sisk said. “Fourteen additional individuals were transported by bus from the scene to a reunification location with family.”
Sisk said the Georgia Department of Transportation arrived on the scene with salt trucks and began assisting, as did Georgia Emergency Management.
To make matters worse, approximately 100 gallons of diesel fuel was also spilled during the accident.
Although the wreck occurred in the northbound lanes of traffic, both directions were closed for a few hours, and were eventually reopened around 11 a.m.
"It was just a few seconds behind me," Davis said. "I was riding along, and I thought I heard a horn. I looked in my rearview mirror and saw one car going off the road and two more hit each other it looked like."