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All lanes of I-16W now reopened after fatal wreck in Laurens County

As of 8:09 p.m. GDOT tweeted out that all lanes westbound are now open.

DUBLIN, Ga. — All lanes of I-16 West in Laurens County were shut down after a fatal accident Tuesday afternoon.

According to Lt. W. Mark Riley with the Department of Public Safety, at 12:12 p.m. the Georgia State Patrol Post 20 was called to investigate a crash involving three tractor trailers.  

In the preliminary investigation, Riley says that traffic was slowing in the area and being directed to the left lane due to road maintenance in the right lane near mile marker 39. 

The driver of a tractor trailer failed to see the slowing traffic and struck another tractor trailer in the rear before veering left and striking a second tractor trailer in the rear. 

The tractor that struck the other two then burst into flames and the driver suffered fatal injuries. 

Riley says the crash is still under investigation. 

As of 8:09 p.m. GDOT tweeted out that all lanes westbound are now open. 

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