The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that a truck crashed into a concrete barrier on a bridge on I-75 then landed on the highway below.
33-year-old Dennis Farve has been identified as the driver in the tragic accident that occurred last Monday.
Investigators believe that Farve rammed the grey Chevrolet Silverado through a concrete barrier on the Akers Mill HOV ramp for unknown reasons. The truck then plummeted onto Interstate 75, landing on the cab. Farve was dead on the scene.
The crash closed multiple lanes at the Interstate 285 and Interstate 75 junction. Traffic investigators believe that Farve exited I-75 North onto the HOV ramp to Akers Mill Road prior to 12:45 p.m.
He was driving at a high rate of speed, plowing through an intersection, then crashing through the concrete barrier and then plunged to the interstate below. The ramp has speed limit signs of 35 m.p.h. posted. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the barriers used on the bridge are not designed to withstand a high-speed impact.
Worldwide, approximately 1.3 million people die in automobile accidents. That’s an average of 3,287 deaths per day. While approximately 10 million accidents go unreported, according to data, 58% of police-reported car accidents involved only one vehicle. Frontal impacts accounted for 54% of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in 2016. Side impacts accounted for another 25% of passenger vehicle occupant deaths. Traffic fatalities are more likely to happen in rural areas, where only 21% of the U.S. population lives. 60% of vehicle casualties occur in rural, rather than urban areas.
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