Four dead as petroleum tanker and other vehicles collide near Covington Georgia

More than two dozen vehicles, including a petroleum tanker, collided and burst into flames on a foggy Georgia interstate this morning, killing at least four people and leaving several others hurt. At least six vehicles were still on fire when crews arrived at the scene on Interstate 16 in central Georgia, where a chain of crashes occurred at around 8:10 a.m, Laurens County EMS director Terry Cobb said. Firefighters and rescue workers were still clearing charred and twisted wreckage from the crash site nearly six hours later. Three people were initially reported dead in the collision but crews found another body in the wreckage later today. A total of 27 vehicles were involved in four separate accidents. The Georgia State Patrol are still trying to piece together what started the series of wrecks that saw cars, pickup trucks and tractor-trailers collide and an empty petroleum tanker rupture and catch fire. Emergency officials encountered fog on the way to the crash site, though it was not immediately known if the treacherous weather caused the wreck. 'Once we got there, the fog was kind of lifted at the scene,' Cobb said.Georgia State Patrol Capt. Kirk McGlamery said motorists reported smoke across the highway, which cause havoc with motorists' viability. He said a controlled burn had been permitted nearby the day before, and troopers were trying to find out if burning continued into Wednesday.