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.
When on the road in Rome and throughout Georgia, drivers need to be vigilant of the presence of large trucks on the road. These vehicles are heavy, massive and can cause a significant amount of damage if there is a collision, especially if it is with a smaller vehicle. While in most instances, a truck driver is cautious and operates his or her vehicle safely, there are times when the driver might have been driving too long without a break, is speeding or violating some other law leading to a semi truck accident. Even if the driver is operating the vehicle safely, circumstances can lead to a crash.
A traffic accident involving eight vehicles left a stretch of I-75 in Georgia temporarily closed during rush hour on the afternoon of Nov. 14. Police from Marietta and Cobb County responded to the multi-vehicle accident, which resulted in two deaths and three reported injuries. The initial collision involved a BMW hit from the rear by a truck driver. The BMW caught fire as a result. Other details of the collision were not made available in this report.
One person was killed at the scene of a truck accident in Suwanee on Oct. 26. Although details of the collision are unclear, it is known that the accident involved a car and a semi-truck. Afterwards, a witness said that the passenger car could be seen trapped beneath the tractor-trailer and engulfed in flames. A video captured by a driver who passed by the scene shows the tractor-trailer covered in white smoke.
An airport shuttle that takes passengers from Georgia's Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport slammed into a tractor-trailer on May 24. Over a dozen passengers sustained injuries. Those who were injured in the truck accident were taken to hospitals in the area.