11 vehicles involved in Bobby Jones wrecks across from car-motorcycle crash

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 7:53 AM
Last updated 8:37 PM
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Eleven vehicles crashed on westbound Bobby Jones Expressway on Wednesday morning after traffic slowed to look at a motorcycle crash on the eastbound side.

Police were called to Bobby Jones at Gordon Highway about 7:30 a.m. for five separate crashes and discovered four crashes involving 11 vehicles on the westbound side and a car-motorcycle crash on the eastbound side.

Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael McDaniel said the first crash occurred when a motorcycle struck the rear of a vehicle attempting to merge onto the expressway. The motorcyclist was ejected.

Vehicles in the westbound lanes slowed to “observe” the incident and began crashing into one another, McDaniel said.

One eastbound lane was shut down for 30 minutes, and all westbound lanes were shut down for about one hour.

All crashes were attributed to following too closely and drivers being distracted, McDaniel said.

Seven people were taken to hospitals, but no serious injuries were reported.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/13/13 - 08:24 am
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Well dang

I hope all are safe..

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/13/13 - 08:51 am
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The BJ from Gordon Highway to Deans Bridge

is incredibly dicey. Perhaps they couldn't help where they started the construction, but ye gods and little fishes, the traffic at that interchange is crushing during the Fort Gordon rush hours. They should have widened the lanes out onto the shoulder so that cars wouldn't be crammed so close together--flying down the road at 60-70 mph.

It's a testament to area drivers that this isn't happeneing frequently and with great regularity.

sawgrass
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sawgrass 11/13/13 - 09:26 am
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This project has dragged out

This project has dragged out far too long with no end in site. I work in the construction industry. This contractor should be held accountable for his delays. Start a night shift and work this project around the clock. Factor in liquidated damages for missing project milestones.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/13/13 - 09:39 am
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Uh, Sawgrass,

Call Sean.

David Parker
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David Parker 11/13/13 - 09:55 am
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Sean

pete and re-pete sitting on a fence

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 11/13/13 - 09:58 am
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Got it

Got it.

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 11/13/13 - 10:24 am
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Sawgrass...

I, too, work in the highway construction industry. Take into account all the rain we had this summer, which no doubt caused major delays in subgrade and base grading operations. Not only did they have to wait for the rain to stop, they then had to wait on the soils to dry back out to optimum moisture contents for compacting and compaction testing. GDOT contracts include completion dates and liquidated damages. With all the rain dates and other weather delays documented, the contractor can, and probably has, requested an extension on the completion date. Now we are entering winter and there are temperature limitations for paving operations. Then factor in other projects the contractor may be involved in. It'll get done, eventually. It's just the nature of the business.

GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 11/13/13 - 10:31 am
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Everyone wants to blame
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Everyone wants to blame anybody but those responsible...the DRIVERS do 65-70mph in a CONSTRUCTION zone. Duh......

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/13/13 - 12:48 pm
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Big difference.

Okay, I hear the folks defending the contractor. Maybe so. But there is a huge difference in the way THIS job is being done and the job that was done on the section from I-20 to the Gordon Hwy. They worked at night, job was done quickly, safely, and with very few back ups and accidents. In fact, I don't even remember being slowed down during that whole project. Same "crazy" drivers, even more traffic, so I would assume the way the project is being done is what is different.

GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 11/13/13 - 01:02 pm
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People racing through
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People racing through construction zones get what they deserve. Period. No blaming contractors, the state or anyone else. If you speed through construction areas, the LEAST you deserve is a hefty fine.

whyme
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whyme 11/13/13 - 01:02 pm
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I agree...

Certainly various conditions contribute to a less-than-smooth ride on a road, such as construction, poor visibility from either weather or the road design, but the responsibility is always that of the driver. People want to blame a lack of a traffic light, roadwork going on, etc. on the cause of the accident but it still comes down to choices made by the person operating the vehicle: speed, taking a chance when pulling out into traffic, distractions within the vehicle, and the like. We're human, we make mistakes, but we should put the blame where it belongs.
With that said, no one sets out in the morning to become involved in an accident, especially those victims who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. We should be careful in our posts because there may be many folks who are seeking answers and speculation can be damaging and harmful...I may have passed the accidents but it is not my place to give my factless opinion...nor should anyone else.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 11/13/13 - 01:09 pm
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Bobby Jones

I don't work in construction and don't know a thing about it. I DO know that it seems that nothing gets done, or very slowly. I pass those sites around working hours quite a few times and I don't see anybody doing anything. Matter of fact the machinery is pulled high on a crane to keep it from getting stolen, and that is around 3 PM on a sunny afternoon in the middle of the week - more than once. They should put some fire under that contractor - he/she or they are not cursed with a daily drive on BJ.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/13/13 - 01:41 pm
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Maybe there is more to this

Maybe there is more to this than speeding vehicles. There was another vehicle accident in this same location on Tuesday morning although I never read anything about it in the paper. A vehicle was on fire and possiblity it was not due to an accident at all, but had traffic backed up for a good while. I know the road is extremely rough in this area and I try and avoid going down BJ just because of the driving conditions. JMO, but I'd say these 10 drivers today sure "didn't deserve what they got", sometimes we can be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Graymare
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Graymare 11/13/13 - 04:11 pm
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Rubbernecking!

"Vehicles in the westbound lanes slowed to “observe” the incident and began crashing into one another, McDaniel said." Already distracted (cellphones, texting) drivers were rubbernecking. Cheesh! Nosey! Just drive!

Georgialina
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Georgialina 11/13/13 - 05:03 pm
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Get out the ticket books!!

Charge every one of the rubberneckers with distracted driving. Nine of the damaged vehicles and six people hospitalized could have been avoided if people would just mind their own business. (I excluded the injuries and vehicles of the original accident).
I have seen far too many accidents caused by people just wanting to "get a peek" at another accident. It is none of your business so pay attention to your lane and your driving.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/13/13 - 10:37 pm
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Regularity

Fiat Lux posted:

It's a testament to area drivers that this isn't happening frequently and with great regularity.

Well, Fiat, it is happening frequently and with great regularity. You should listen to Bill Botham's traffic reports on WGAC. He frequently refers to the daily crash-related backups on Bobby Jones between Peach Orchard and Wrightsboro exits.

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