The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported in 2017 that there were 4,761 people killed in accidents involving large trucks. 3,289 of those fatalities involved tractor-trailers or combination trucks. Preliminary numbers from 2018 indicated that in 2018, this number rose by 3%. Other statistics include the fact that 82% of all tractor-trailer accidents are multi-vehicle accidents. There are many reasons why a tractor-trailer officer may be involved in an accident. Many times, it is the fault of the vehicle in front of them stopping without slowing or abruptly changing lanes into the path of the truck. Other times, the driver may be under the influence, suffering from fatigue, or there may be mechanical issues with the truck.
11 Alive reports that a traffic accident in Spalding County between a tractor-trailer driver has left the truck driver injured after a collision with a patrol vehicle.
On Thursday, an accident between a tractor-trailer and a Henry County Patrol car led to the driver of the tractor-trailer being airlifted to a hospital. The crash occurred on Interstate 75 near mile marker 207 at around 7 p.m. The Georgia State Patrol said that a Henry County police officer and reached the end of the turnaround. He was waiting for traffic to clear before heading north. He made a live turn that crossed the left lane and then the middle lane. At that time, the tractor-trailer was coming down the middle lane at the same time.
The tractor-trailer struck the patrol car on the passenger side. The patrol car spun into the guardrail where it flipped over the center median. The driver and passenger in the patrol vehicle had minor injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital. The Georgia State Patrol is still investigating the crash.
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