Most Georgia residents have probably heard the heartbreaking news about a deadly truck accident that left five young women dead. The young women – all nursing students who were finishing up their first year of studies – were in two separate cars that were part of a multi-vehicle crash that reportedly occurred because the driver of a semi-truck did not slow down as he was approached a traffic jam.
According to the reports, a total of seven vehicles were involved in the truck accident that occurred on Interstate 16. Four of the vehicles were passenger cars, the other three were semi-trucks. One of the vehicles that had some of the young nursing students in it caught fire in the aftermath of the car collision. Witnesses stated that the car burned rapidly and those who attempted to approach to help couldn’t do anything.
In the days that followed this tragedy, the 55-year-old truck driver who was said to have caused the accident was not facing any criminal charges. From the initial reports which indicated that the driver simply didn’t slow down as he approached other vehicles, it is possible that he was distracted in some way while he was behind the wheel. Further details will surely be uncovered as the investigation into this deadly accident is carried out by law enforcement officials.
Anyone who has lost a family member in a car accident knows that the sudden loss can be devastating. In this case, five young women who were off to a promising start in their adult lives were lost. In the weeks ahead their family members will most likely be exploring their legal options.
Source: CNN, “5 Georgia university mourns loss of 5 nursing students,” Steve Almasy and Ralph Ellis, April 23, 2015