2 people killed while helping friend in stranded ambulance

Shemar Brooks and Zhaniesha Burnette were helping a friend who was stranded while driving an ambulance when they were struck by a tractor trailer

By Liz Fabian
The Macon Telegraph

MACON, Ga. — Two Macon friends were killed in a crash Tuesday evening after helping another friend who was stranded while driving an ambulance east on Interstate 16 in Bleckley County.

Shemar Brooks, 22, of Mohawk Road, and Zhaniesha Burnette, 21, of Manchester at Wesleyan, died at the scene, said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones, who notified their Macon families.

“They were traveling in a Toyota Prius. He was driving and she was a front seat passenger,” Jones said.

Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Chad Harrison, of the Dublin post, said Brooks and Burnette had pulled off I-16 near mile marker 34 to deliver diesel fuel to another friend in the ambulance which was also off to the side of the road.

Once they poured fuel into the tank, they got back in their vehicles and headed back on the highway.

“They were struck from behind by a tractor trailer,” Harrison said.

The Prius hit the back of the ambulance and wound up under the truck, which burned after the impact, he said.

No information was immediately available about other injuries, which were not expected to be life-threatening.

The Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team of the Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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