Semi driver dies in Lowndes Co. chain-reaction crash

Posted at 5:45 PM, Jun 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-24 18:36:33-04

LOWNDES COUNTY, GA. (WTXL) - A St. Petersburg man has died following a series of crashes on I-75 in Lowndes County.

Georgia State Patrol has confirmed 43-year-old Ivan Moreira has died from his injuries.

The crash happened Thursday evening near mile marker two. According to authorities, troopers had closed the left southbound lane after a semi hit a guardrail.

As traffic was slowing, another tractor trailer, driven by Moreira, rear-ended a different rig. Moreira's truck then jackknifed and rear-ended another truck. A different semi then swerved to try to miss the accident, running off the road into the ditch.

Moreira was severely burned and airlifted to a Gainesville hospital where he later died. No other drivers were hurt and there will be no charges filed.