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Procedures may change after fatal interstate pileup

The Georgia State Patrol is still trying to piece together exactly what started the series of wrecks that would ultimately gather up 27 vehicles on I-16, just west of Dublin.

Four people died in the accidents and 9 others were injured. Among the deceased was Joel Moore, 61, a wood chip quality technician from Clyo. His wife Deborah says he was in his extended cab Ford pickup truck on his way to the Atlanta area for work when he was caught in the fatal wreck.

Investigators say the chain reaction crash near mile marker 37 was due to reduced visibility, caused by early morning fog mixing with smoke from a nearby controlled burn.

Moore spent many years working at Savannah Paper and attended Springfield Baptist Church. His pastor says he was a good and honest man.

As a result of that tragic crash, Georgia Highway Patrol is now looking into their procedures as to how they warn people about dangerous conditions on the roadway.

Currently, once authorities are alerted, an officer will respond to the scene and determine if road signs should be put in place, or if the road needs to be closed. In Wednesday's tragic accident, a Georgia Department of Transportation crew was on the way to place caution signs to warn of low visibility on the interstate when the crash happened. A 911 operator alerted the DOT that motorists had called to complain of poor visibility. The Georgia State Patrol is still trying to piece together what started the series of wrecks involving 27 vehicles, and may now take a look at their own procedures, so a tragedy like this can be prevented.

"Hopefully we can learn a lesson and prevent these in the future by maybe shutting roads down at earlier times, " said State Trooper Andy Sinquefield. "That is something we are going to look into."

All eastbound lanes are now open on I-16 near mile marker 37 with one westbound lane still closed.

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