RINGGOLD, Ga. — Four people were killed on a foggy interstate highway Thursday in a 125-vehicle pileup that left a half-mile trail of mangled cars and trucks, authorities said.
Thirty-nine people were reported injured, 15 of them seriously.
"I heard a big truck screeching. I heard a crash. I heard another crash and then another crash. I just heard crash after crash. I heard people screaming," said Debbie Grant, who lives near Interstate 75 in northwestern Georgia, close to the Tennessee line.
The accident happened when a southbound tractor-trailer crossed the median and slammed into several northbound vehicles. Dozens of other drivers plowed into the pile. It wasn't clear why the truck jumped the median, the state patrol said.
The wrecks involved vehicles in all lanes of the interstate, though the four fatalities were in the northbound lanes. Thousands of commuters use I-75 to reach Chattanooga from their northwest Georgia homes.