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This Day in Georgia History

March 14, 2001

Largest Traffic Accident in Georgia History

Georgia experienced its largest multiple traffic accident in history. On I-75 in Catoosa County near the Tennessee border, severe fog helped trigger an accident in the northbound lanes. Because of zero visibility, speeding cars and trucks began ramming into the first wreck, triggering collision after collision. In a brief period, 125 cars and trucks were involved in both northbound and southbound lanes, resulting in 5 dead and 39 injured and I-75 completely closed at the site for the day.