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5 hurt in crash on I-20
One person hurt critically; road closed 2 hours
I-20 Crash
A Georgia Department of Transportation traffic camera shows the backup after a five-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 in Newton County on Wednesday night, June 6, 2018.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. — Five people were hurt in the crash that shut down Interstate 20 for more than two hours Wednesday night.

The four-vehicle chain-reaction collision happened at about 6:19 p.m., about 1 mile east of the Monroe/Monticello (Georgia 11) exit.

State troopers said a Nissan Titan traveling in the left westbound lane of I-20 struck the rear of a Chevrolet Impala. This impact caused the Impala to cross the grass median and travel into the eastbound lanes.

The driver of an eastbound Saturn Vue lost control while trying to avoid the Impala and overturned several times in the eastbound lanes before coming to a rest.

An eastbound Subaru Legacy then struck the passenger side of the Impala, which was facing south in the eastbound lanes.

First-responders from Newton County arrived on the scene and stabilized five patients for transport. One was flown to WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and the others were transported by Newton County EMS to Atlanta-area hospitals.

One patient was in critical condition late Wednesday night, according to the Georgia State Patrol. It was not immediately known which vehicle the critical patient had been in, nor were any identities made available.

The eastbound lanes were cleared at 8:21 p.m. Wednesday, with westbound I-20 opening two minutes later.