MONTROSE, Ga. (AP) -- One westbound lane of Interstate 16 in central Georgia remains closed early Thursday, a day after four people were killed and nine others injured in a fiery pileup near Montrose.
The chain-reaction around 8:10 Wednesday involved more than two dozen cars and trucks. The stretch of interstate runs between Macon and Savannah.
Georgia Department of Transportation officials said the right, westbound lane is expected to be closed until noon Thursday.
Georgia State Patrol operator Terri Graffagnino tells The Telegraph (http://bit.ly/WwdnHM) that a trooper was out all night checking for lingering smoke from controlled burns in the area. She said the trooper has been patrolling overnight from mile markers 36 to 54, where fog routinely gets thick.
Dense fog was reported in the area Wednesday morning. Georgia State Patrol Capt. Kirk McGlamery said motorists also reported smoke across the highway.