Approximately every 15 minutes, someone is seriously injured or killed in an accident caused by tractor-trailers. Around 500,000 of these crashes occur each year in the United States. About 5,000 of these crashes result in the loss of life. Of all fatal truck accidents, sixty-eight percent occurred in rural areas. More than half of these fatal truck accidents occurred during the day and 80% happened on weekends. When it comes to those who suffer the injuries and deaths, 98% are in the passenger vehicle. The overall number of fatal truck crashes are on the rise, and one reason for this may be due to driver fatigue. More than 25% of all truck drivers involved in a fatal accident had been cited for speeding at some point prior to the accident.
11 Alive reports that a 26-year-old man was involved in an accident in a tractor-trailer, which resulted in his death.
Troopers from the Georgia State Patrol Gainesville post responded to a two-vehicle crash on northbound I-985 at around 9 p.m.
26-year-old Christopher Noel Baker of Demorest, Georgia ran into the rear trailer of a Freightliner tractor-trailer.
The tractor-trailer had stopped because traffic in the area had slowed down due to the right lane being closed for roadwork. Baker was driving a Toyota Prius which traveled partially underneath the tractor-trailer and then caught fire. The driver of the truck had a fire extinguisher and rushed to exit his vehicle and put out the flames.
Two off-duty medical personnel stopped to help Baker. Despite the efforts of these Good Samaritans, Baker succumbed to his injuries at Northwest Georgia Medical Center.
Currently, neither drugs nor alcohol are not suspected to be factors in the crash.
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