On February 1, 2019, CNN reported a fiery crash on Interstate 85 at the Jimmy Carter Boulevard Interchange which resulted in two fatalities. A Freightliner truck that was pulling a tanker carrying 8500 pounds of fuel slammed into the rear of a Volkswagen Passat. The Volkswagen had stopped in one of the northbound lanes after being involved in a separate accident.
The impact caused the tanker truck to spin sideways, crossing four lanes of traffic as it flipped several times. The Volkswagen came to a rest near the tractor-trailer and both were quickly consumed with flames. The driver of the car identified only as a 31-year-old woman and the driver of the truck, a 44-year-old male, were both killed at the scene.
Fuel began leaking from the tanker trailer and into a storm drain, igniting fires across the interstate. The flames led to a brush fire, and drivers could see smoke rising from the manhole covers. As a result, the entire highway was completely or partially blocked off for nearly 10 hours, reopening at 6 P.M.
Every year the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration releases a motor vehicle accident report which includes accidents involving large trucks. In 2017, the report stated that more than 5000 people died in truck accidents. The year prior, 125,000 large trucks and buses were involved in accidents, causing injury to 180,000 people. Approximately 418,000 accidents that occurred only involved property damage.
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