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Car crashes shut down Interstate 20

A tow service loads a SUV onto a flatbed truck following two chain reaction traffic accidents Thursday afternoon in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 and just west of the Ga. Highway 138 exit ramp. The accident closed all eastbound lanes as the wreckage was cleared. No one was seriously injured. National EMS of Conyers transported two people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A tow service loads a SUV onto a flatbed truck following two chain reaction traffic accidents Thursday afternoon in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 and just west of the Ga. Highway 138 exit ramp. The accident closed all eastbound lanes as the wreckage was cleared. No one was seriously injured. National EMS of Conyers transported two people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

CONYERS -- A chain reaction of rear-ended vehicles was the ultimate cause of two accidents that left five vehicles piled up on Interstate 20 Thursday afternoon and brought traffic to a standstill.

Conyers Police responded to the multi-vehicle wreck that occurred about 1:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20, just before exit 82 near Ga. Highway 138.

Sgt. Guy Sanders with the Conyers Police Department told the Citizen the first accident happened when a vehicle traveling eastbound rear-ended another vehicle.

"Which sent that to a third vehicle. The third vehicle loses control and hits a fourth vehicle," Sanders said.

A second single-vehicle accident happened shortly after the chain reaction.

"The lady (driver) was paying attention to the accident and not her lane and lost control and hit the wall," Sanders said.

Benny Atkins with National EMS said several emergency medical service vehicles responded to the accidents, and two people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The eastbound side of the interstate was completely shut down to traffic for about 30 minutes. Police started to reopen lanes shortly after 2 p.m., according to Sanders.

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office assisted Conyers PD in controlling traffic.