At least one person was seriously injured after an early Monday crash involving 11 vehicles — several mangled beyond recognition — on Queen City Parkway at West Ridge Road in Gainesville.
Nine people were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
Authorities worked throughout Monday piecing together details of the crash, releasing little information. Much of the work involved cleaning up the wreck site, with the busy Queen City intersection closed until the early afternoon.
Several agencies responded, including the Gainesville Fire Department, Georgia Department of Public Safety and Georgia Department of Transportation.
Gloria Kell, who was driving one of the cars involved, said multiple people were taken away in ambulances.
“I was coming to the red light, and then I heard some noise behind me,” Kell said. “Then I felt my car get hit. Then I looked in my rearview mirror and I saw the tractor-trailer going all over the place, running over cars and stuff. It happened so fast.”
The wreck drew a number of onlookers, particularly from Builders FirstSource, a business that overlooked the crash site.
One of the employees, Ryan Moore, said he pulled a driver from one of the cars.
He and another co-worker were inside the building when they heard a loud crash outside. The co-worker saw the wreckage from the entrance and said “Oh, my God.”
“At that point, I was right behind her and ran straight out to the wreck,” he said.
Moore approached a Chevrolet Equinox SUV, where a woman getting out of the passenger side said to him, “My sister’s stuck. Can you help get her out?”
“Her seat belt was jammed and the dashboard was (pushed) down across her thighs,” Moore said. “I managed to get the car into park and the seat belt undone. I told her to wrap her arms around my neck.”
He said he was then able to pull her from the vehicle.
Moore, with a co-worker, surveyed the rest of the scene.
“It was absolutely terrifying,” he said.
At that point, emergency workers started arriving.
“We just took a step back and let the professionals take care of it,” Moore said.
News reporter Nick Watson and intern Andrea Corona contributed to this report.