On the morning of Wednesday, January 6, local resident Jeni Lewis Reynolds started her day as usual by getting up with her husband, Chris. She prepared items for their son, Levi, so he would be ready for school before leaving for work. On this day Reynolds left at 6:00 a.m. traveling to Forsyth for work-related training.
While traveling on Interstate 16, just north of Dublin at approximately 8:10 a.m., Jeni was involved in a 27-vehicle accident that claimed four lives and left many others injured. According to reports a mixture of dense fog and smoke caused the 27-vehicle accident.
Reynolds recalls events
Jeni Lewis Reynolds
“Wednesday, January 6 was one of the most terrifying days of my life. The accident was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. According to the state patrol I was number six or seven in the accident. I remember coming into a thick wall of black smoke and then a small truck going the wrong direction and everyone slamming on brakes. I tried to swerve but the vehicle behind me caught up with me and pushed me into the car ahead of me. I remember three more impacts from behind and a semi truck coming into the passenger side of the van. After the semi truck hit, I blacked out.
“I know that God was looking out for me that day and that He is the only reason I am still here. I came out of the accident with cuts, bruises and was beat up, but all of these will heal.
“I would like to thank all of my family, friends, co-workers and others in the community for the prayers and support. I would also like to thank all of the police, ambulance, fire and other rescue personnel who assisted me in the accident. I also would like to thank Tricia “my angel” who stopped and stayed with me at the scene until emergency personnel were able to get me out of the van and also for helping to contact everyone for me. Please continue to pray as I continue to heal.”