Multi-car crash shuts down I-20, injures 5

A multi-vehicle pileup on Interstate 20 sent four people to the hospital and snarled up traffic for two hours.

The crash, which happened just east of Newton County, completely shut down I-20 in both directions.

Dozens of deputies and state troopers responded as well as an emergency helicopter and at least two ambulances.

Law enforcement says the initial accident happened in the westbound lanes just east of Highway 11.

Officials say a Nissan Titan was traveling in the left lane when it hit the rear of a Chevrolet Impala, which crossed the median into the eastbound lanes.

A Saturn Vue then tried to avoid hitting the Impala, but police say the driver lost control and overturned multiple times. The Impala was then hit by a Subaru Legacy.

Officials say one person was airlifted to a local hospital. Four others were rushed to the hospital by ground ambulance.

"My friend's daughter was hit and her car rolled four times," said Caroline Leonard, who knew an 18-year-old victim in the crash. "I got a report from a friend saying that she was taken to the hospital for an evaluation for trauma."

One of the last cars was removed from the interstate around 10 p.m. Traffic is flowing smoothly.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident, trying to piece together exactly what happened.