Tractor trailer drivers tend to be some of the best-trained drivers on the road. On average, they attend a school for 7-8 weeks to achieve a Class-A commercial drivers license. Despite this training, accidents do happen, many of them initiated by other drivers on the roadways. These accidents often lead to serious injuries and fatalities for the other drivers and shut down traffic for hours as the accidents are cleared and investigated. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on two tractor-trailer accidents, one of them fatal.
At about 11:30 am on Wednesday, a 40-year-old man was killed when his vehicle slammed into a parked tractor-trailer on I-85.
The tractor trailer was in the far-right lane, broken down, and had emergency lights and signals in place behind it. The man, who was driving a pickup truck, did not see the tractor-trailer. He crashed into the rear of the truck at a high rate of speed.
The driver of the pickup truck died at the scene of the accident. His identity was not immediately released pending notification of his next of kin.
The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured in the collision.
Fairburn police are working with both the Motor Carrier Compliance Division and the Georgia State Patrol in the investigation.
In another, unrelated accident, the driver of a rental truck crashed into a tractor-trailer that was also stopped on I-85 northbound. The tractor trailer had suffered from a blowout.
The driver of the rental truck told police that he dozed off at the wheel, hit the back of the tractor-trailer, and went into a ditch. He was treated for cuts to his face.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was also not injured.
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