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Savannah man killed in 6-vehicle wreck on I-95 NB

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A motorcycle rider was killed in an overnight crash involving six vehicles on northbound Interstate 95. 

I-95 was closed for about seven hours between exit 94 and exit 99. Police reopened the northbound lanes at about 6:30 a.m. One southbound lane was also closed overnight, but reopened at about 5 a.m.

According to reports, a tractor-trailer overturned in the northbound lanes of I-95 just after 10 p.m. Tuesday. The wreck also involved a motorcycle and four passenger vehicles.

Three adults were taken to Memorial University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Richard Ratliff, 25, of Savannah, was riding a motorcycle at the time of the crash and was killed, according to Georgia State Patrol. These drivers suffered non-life-threatening injuries: Mattew Rainer, 30, of FL; Amos Tomlin, 61, of Maclenny, FL; Robert Slater, 24, of Savannah, Rynegeic, 25, of Savannah; and Melanie Hamilton, 44, of Edisto, SC, according to Pooler police. 

The semi involved was a UPS truck, which rolled on to its side, scattering debris all over the roadway.

Four passenger cars were removed along with a motorcycle. Three trucks had to be used to bring the UPS semi back up after it ended up upside down in the woods.

"It is a very large scene that is spread out over several hundred feet over the interstate, a lot of debris. Northbound 95 has been shut down for several hours." said Pooler Police Chief Wade Simmons.

Debris was thrown all over the interstate which took crews even longer to clean up. 

"Well, there were two separate wrecks. GSP is taking one and Pooler police will be working the other one. Savannah Metro came out as well and tried to help with all the mess," Simmons said. 

Dozens of semis were stuck on 95 - unable to turn around or move forward. So what did they do?

"[I'm] just trying to sleep, I mean, life happens so we have to deal with it," said Tony DiFrancesco, a semi driver who was stuck in the traffic jam for more than seven hours. 

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash.

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