A side-impact or broadside vehicle collision, commonly known as a T-bone crash, involves one motor vehicle being hit on the side by the front of another vehicle. These kinds of collisions can be the most dangerous types of collisions to occur. Crash research and analysis reveals that 13% of all collisions that occur are T-bone collisions. 18% of all fatal accidents are T-bone crashes. According to data from the NHTSA, about 8,000 people annually are killed in T-bone crashes. Most T-bone crashes occur when one driver runs a traffic light or a stop sign, running into traffic crossing the intersection. Because the sides of vehicles only protect drivers and passengers with a door and the window, side-impact crashes can be more serious than rear-end or head-on crashes.
The AJC reports that two teenagers were killed in a two-vehicle accident in Jackson County.
The collision occurred at about 1:45 p.m. on US-129 in Jackson County on Friday.
The driver, Najely Bonilla was driving a 1991 Honda Accord and attempting to make a left turn onto US-129 from the flea market onto the highway. After stopping at the stop sign, they proceeded onto the highway, into the path of a Ford F-350 pickup truck.
Bonilla and his passenger, Elena Regalado, both of Pendergrass, were killed in the accident.
The Ford F-350 hit the Honda on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The driver of the pickup truck, 18-year-old Cole Alexander Bruce and his 44-year-old passenger, Sammy Lee Bruce, both suffered from minor injuries.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
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