TREUTLEN COUNTY, Ga. — A truck crashed into a Georgia bridge and shifted it six feet, requiring the closure of a stretch of interstate between Macon and Savannah early Thursday.
The incident happened on I-16 in Treutlen County. The interstate is now closed between Exit 71 and Exit 78 with no timeframe for reopening as crews work to manage the situation.
Images posted by the Georgia Department of Transportation appeared to show the bed of a large dump truck - full of what appeared to be huge wheels for industrial equipment - leaned up against the bridge.
The bridge is located along Georgia State Route 86.
I-16 is the main route between metro Atlanta, Savannah and Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. The bridge is about 150 miles southeast of Atlanta.
GDOT announced the following detour information:
Take Exit 78- Turn Right onto Highway 221 North, Left onto US 80 West, go through town of Adrian, Left onto State Route 15, Re-Enter I-16 at Exit 71
Take Exit 71 – Turn Right onto Highway 15, through Soperton, Left onto State Route 46, Left onto State Route 56, Re-Enter I-16 at Exit 78
Gov. Brian Kemp's office announced that he will conduct a press conference with GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry at 3 p.m. to provide more information on the situation.