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Ice brings numerous crashes to Newton
I-20 back up after being shutdown Friday

I-20 reopened and most of Newton County is safe for travel after black ice hit many roadways in North Georgia Friday morning.

The Covington Police Department received six calls for several vehicles involved in crashes on I-20 before 9:30 a.m. The highway near exit 90 (Hwy. 278) was shut down with traffic backed up to the Almon Road exit.

According to the Newton County Sheriff's Office there were a few serious injuries. One person was lifeflighted to Atlanta Medical Center, two others taken to Monroe and one to a hospital locally. According to Allan Seebaran with the Covington Police Department, the person jumped off the Old Covington Highway Bridge to flee an oncoming vehicle.

The first accident occured at 5:19 a.m., involving four tractor trailers, and a pedestrian being hit. The second was a four-car wreck at 5:35 a.m. with another following nine minutes later, involving two trucks and one overturned vehicle. At 6:03 a.m., a tractor trailer and several vehicles were involved in accidents, according to CPD.

Public Works crews from Newton County were out working the icy situation at around 7 a.m. According to Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis there were no accidents on county roads.

"Public works was working all morning," Ellis said. "They got out their early scouting locations. We're prepared."

Ellis warns that some bridges with shade covering will still be below freezing and have black ice.