While not the most common kind of crash, rollover crashes are responsible for leaving approximately 250,000 vehicles inoperable each year. 80% of those collisions involve just one vehicle and 90% of rollovers occur after a vehicle leaves a roadway due to the driver losing control or in construction zones where there is uneven asphalt. Eighty percent of people killed in rollover crashes were not wearing seatbelts, resulting in the occupants being ejected or suffering from blunt-force trauma when they collide with the roof of the car. Even seatbelts may not be enough to prevent a fatality or serious injury when the rollover is serious enough to cause damage to the roof of the vehicle, causing a crushing injury.
The AJC reports that a fatal crash shut down the interstate in North Cobb County.
The incident occurred just before 7 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Cobb County. Just before the Barrett Parkway exit, a driver lost control of their vehicle, causing it to flip several times.
According to the police, a black Ford Expedition that was occupied by three adults and a juvenile swerved to avoid a truck that cut in front of the vehicle. An occupant of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene after being ejected as the SUV flipped.
Police have not released the name of the man who was killed. The driver of the Ford and two other passengers were taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. They are expected to survive.
Cobb Police investigated the crash, shutting down the interstate for about 2 ½ hours. All lanes were reopened to traffic just before 9:30 a.m.
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