Families Wait for Answers: I-16 Pile Up Aftermath
While law enforcement officers from all surrounding counties continued to investigate the 27 car accident on Interstate 16, emergency room doctors in Dublin were trying to save the lives of those involved.
One survivor's family waited for a hopefully positive outcome. Jeni Reynolds is a 30-year-old daughter, wife, mother and sister. As she left for Forsyth for her job at the Department of Corrections, she ran into the pile up.
Her family waited outside Fairview Park Hospital for answers.
"She was in the front of the accident compared to the back,” 20-year-old Angela Lewis, Jeni Reynolds’ sister, told WGXA. “She told us that she just embraced for it because it just like kept hitting, she blacked out after that, she doesn’t really remember anything."
Jeni was one of many survivors that were taken to Fairview Park Hospital just moments after the pileup.
"We had nine patients. Thankfully none of those patients were injured critically, some seriously though," Dr. Ron Hendricks told WGXA. Hendricks serves as the Emergency Room Medical Director at Fairview Park Hospital.
The hospital says they have emergency plans in place for tragedies like this, so when they got the news they prepared the incoming casualties.
"We had people coming down from other departments and we were able to take them in right away, no waiting,” says Hendricks. “We are proud that we are able to handle these sorts of tragedies."
The staff of Fairview Park Hospital was able to help save lives, including Jeni Reynolds.
"I’m very blessed. I am glad that she survived because I know that there are other families that are going to get bad news today," says Lewis as she talks about her sister surviving the accident.
Jeni has since been released from Fairview Park Hospital. According to Angela, Jeni has suffered minor injuries to her shoulder, along with several bruises and cuts.
Doctors say she will be sore for the next couple of weeks, but Angela says, thank god for blessings.