Single-Vehicle Wreck Shuts Down I-16

Crews rescue the driver.
Crews rescue the driver.

Part of westbound Interstate 16 had to be shut down for hours after a bizarre accident overnight. Just after midnight, the driver of a tractor-trailer rig from the Derst Baking Company tells officers he fell asleep at the wheel while driving on the interstate near the Stiles Avenue overpass.

The truck clipped the bridge and went down an embankment leading to a canal. The cab slammed into an oak tree and was crushed, pinning the driver inside.

Savannah-Chatham police closed down the interstate, and Savannah firefighters along with ambulance crews worked to rescue the driver. It took over an hour to cut the door off the cab and stabilize the driver who was suffering from serious injuries.

Firefighters were able to get him into a Stokes basket and lift him out of the crumpled wreck and bring him up the embankment. The driver was rushed to Memorial Health for treatment of what police describe as non-life-threatening injuries.

Police reopened up the interstate just before 7am.

Reported by: Steven Shoob,