Icy conditions across Jackson County led to 27 weather-related accidents Thursday morning, including a fatality in West Jackson.
At 8:21 a.m., units from West Jackson Fire and Rescue and Jackson County EMS responded to 6281 Highway 332 to an auto accident with injuries. They found a vehicle with fire involvement and a trapped victim. The fire was quickly extinguished and a middle age male victim was found to be dead on the scene.
The Georgia State Patrol and the Jackson County Sherriff’s Office is investigating the call. The victim appeared to have been killed due to the accident and was not burned from the related fire, officials reported. No other injuries reported in this accident.
Out of the 27 auto accidents, injuries were involved in eight of the incidents.
“Around 6:30 a.m., we started experiencing icy roads and traffic accidents,” EMS director Steve Nichols said. “From 6:30 a.m. through 10 this morning, we had 27 calls for accidents related to icy roads. They were from all areas of the county not isolated to one spot.”
Nichols said that the roads appear to be clearing now with the rise in the temperature and all are open.