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Multiple wrecks cause major traffic delays in Savannah

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Rescue crews kept busy Tuesday morning after 5 separate wrecks during the morning commute caused a traffic nightmare on I-516 and I-16 in Savannah.

A red truck lost control and ran off the side of I-516 East after getting off I-16 eastbound headed towards DeRenne Avenue early Tuesday morning. The truck ended up upside-down in the woods. One person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Tow crews arrived at the scene and were not able to lift the truck up out of the wood line, so officials brought a large crane to help lift the truck upright and remove it.

Two of the outside lanes of I-516 eastbound had to be shut down for a couple of hours, but the truck was removed and all lanes reopened around 8 a.m.

Police say a second crash occurred shortly after on I-516 eastbound and Tremont Rd, affecting traffic on I-516 eastbound. It was a two-vehicle fender-bender with no injuries involved and the crash was cleared quickly.

While crews were assisting the I-516 and Tremont crash, a bad 5-vehicle wreck happened on I-516 East, right under the I-16 overpass. Officials say one woman and a child had to be helped out of their vehicle. Luckily, only minor injuries were reported.

Then, another two-car fender-bender happened around 8:25 a.m. on I-516 westbound, right under the I-16 overpass and directly across from the 5-vehicle crash. Tow is headed to the scene and police say they hope to have that wreck cleared in 30 minutes.

All five wrecks happened in close proximity of each other and officials believe that the wet road conditions and rubber-necking most likely played a factor.

Traffic is now flowing on I-16 and on I-516, and only minor delays can be expected, if at all.

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