Tractor trailer accidents are a common occurrence on today’s highways. In fact, in 2012, 3,802 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes. Georgia highways are no exception, as demonstrated by a recent tragedy.
In an accident involving a school bus and a tractor-trailer loaded with metal beams, 13 students were injured and one student was killed.
The crash occurred August 29th in the southbound lanes of I-75 south of exit 16 in Lowndes County.
15-year-old Rebecca Hall of Valdosta died as a result of injuries that were sustained in the accident.
The bus was transporting students from Lowndes High School to Lowndes Middle School when the tractor-trailer collided with the rear driver’s side of the bus. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation and any charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, identified as Michael Scarpaci, 58, of Lockport, Illinois was not injured. The school bus driver, Aline Thomas, 62, of Valdosta, injured her leg in the accident. She was taken by private vehicle to the hospital.
13 injured children were taken to the hospital by ambulance. An additional 6 were transported by private vehicles.
Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the accident, but toxicology reports are pending.
Counselors, social workers, and other support staff are going to be available to speak with students the following day.
If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the “Strong Arm” attorneys at the law offices of John Foy & Associates. Our attorneys will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.