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02/17/07

Fiery Wreck on I-16

Savannah firefighters put out the fire, but the Corvette was a total loss. Both the driver and passenger were taken to a local hospital. Savannah firefighters put out the fire, but the Corvette was a total loss. Both the driver and passenger were taken to a local hospital.

A fiery crash on I-16 west of the 37th Street connector sent two people to the hospital and brought traffic to a halt on Saturday afternoon. Savannah Chatham Police say around 3pm a Corvette caught on fire after a minivan, trying to merge onto I-16, cut it off and sent it into the path of a logging truck. The driver and the passenger in the car managed to escape before the car burst into flames. Both were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Approximately a quarter of a mile behind that crash, five cars were involved in another wreck. Savannah Chatham Police say 61 year old Eugene Johnson, who was driving with a suspended license, ran into two cars and caused two other cars to crash as he was merging into traffic near the 37th Street connector. He took off, but another driver chased him down and caught him. The two men got into a fight, but officers managed to apprehend Johnson.

Johnson was treated at the hospital before he was taken to the Chatham County jail. He's facing charges of driving with a suspended license and registration, leaving the scene of an accident, and violating his parole.

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