Crash could take months to investigate

Crash could take months to investigate (Image 1)

Georgia authorities say it could take months before they decide whether to file criminal charges in an interstate crash that killed five nursing students.

The chain-reaction collision on Interstate 16 early Wednesday involved six different vehicles. The Georgia State Patrol says it began with a tractor-trailer that failed to slow down and crashed into stop-and-go traffic that had backed up because of an earlier, unrelated wreck.

Sgt. 1st Class Chris Nease, commander of the State Patrol Post investigating the crash, said Thursday he expects it will take several months for his team assigned to reconstruct the deadly crash to complete its report. Tom Durden, the district attorney for Bryan County where the collision occurred, said crash investigations can be complicated because it’s not always obvious whether crimes were committed.

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