UPDATE: GSP provides information on deadly fiery crash on I-95

Fatal crash on I-95 near Darien
Fatal crash on I-95 near Darien(Mark Gibbs)
Published: Dec. 9, 2022 at 5:36 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 11, 2022 at 3:49 PM EST
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MCINTOSH COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The Georgia State Patrol is providing more information on the fatal fiery crash that killed two people on I-95 near Darien Friday afternoon.

In a statement Sunday morning, GSP said witnesses saw a pickup truck traveling northbound on I-95 force a semi truck, also traveling northbound, into and through the median and cable barrier causing it to enter the southbound lanes of I-95 at the 45-mile marker near the McIntosh/Glynn County line just after 4:30 p.m. Friday.

A tractor trailer traveling southbound struck the semi that was in the southbound lanes, causing it to separate from it’s trailer and overturn in the west emergency lane. The separated trailer caught fire, which caused the semi’s cab and trailer to catch fire as well.

Officials say after the fire department extinguished the fires, the remains of two occupants were located in the cab of the semi.

The driver of the tractor trailer, Angel Valcarcel, 48, of Savannah, escaped the cab before it caught fire and has minor injuries

The two occupants found in the cab were identified as Bereket Teweldemedhin, 41, of Harrisonburg, VA and Angesom Abadi, 36, of Harrisonburg, VA.

Officials say the right southbound lane will remain closed per DOT due to damage sustained from the fire.


{ORIGNAL STORY} The McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office says two people have died in a crash between multiple semi-trucks. The wreck happened on I-95 southbound near the Darien exit around 4:30 p.m.

The crash closed the southbound lanes as emergency crews worked to put out the flames and clear the roadway.