With Georgia under a shelter in place order from Governor Kemp, traffic has been light for the most part. However, light traffic has led to people speeding in areas across the nation, including New York, California, and even in Georgia. The order might have reduced traffic, but accidents are still occurring, some of which have snarled traffic for hours at a time in the metro Atlanta area. Many of these accidents have led to serious injuries and fatalities due to the speeds that some people are traveling on the wide-open highways and interstates in Georgia. The AJC reports that one accident involving a motorcycle and a box truck turned fatal in Marietta.
The crash occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 75 South in Marietta.
Several of the southbound lanes between the North Marietta Parkway and South Marietta Parkway loop areas were shut down for several hours following the accident, causing significant traffic delays.
According to Marietta police, a 63-year-old Cartersville man was driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle when it slammed into the rear of a box truck. The box truck had slowed for traffic due to a separate accident further south on the interstate.
The driver of the motorcycle died at the scene of the accident. It is unknown at this time why the motorcyclist failed to slow along with the traffic ahead of him.
The driver of the truck stayed at the scene and was not injured. No charges are expected to be filed against the truck driver.
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