Many loyal listeners recall the traffic reports the late Keith Callan gave over the AM radio stations about the “ubiquitous ladders in the roadway.” As it turns out, “ubiquitous” might not have been a far-off description since more traffic crashes are caused by roadway debris than one might imagine. Every year, approximately 50,000 traffic accidents are caused by debris in the roadway. Between 2011 and 2014, road debris was responsible for more than 200,000 accidents, resulting in a whopping 39,000 injuries and 500 fatalities.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that several people were injured after a car hit a ladder in the roadway on Interstate 85.
The accident occurred last Wednesday, shortly after 3:00 p.m. on northbound I-85 just past Beaver Ruin Road. Six vehicles were involved, including two tractor-trailers, two cars, and an SUV.
One of the drivers lost control after striking a ladder that was in the middle of the interstate. The vehicle then swerved in front of the other vehicles. Those drivers were able to stop, but the drivers behind them were not.
One person who was driving a Toyota Camry was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The drivers of the tractor-trailers were not injured, but several other people were transported to the hospital.
The accident caused heavy delays during the rush hour period and traffic was diverted off of the interstate.
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