After ELD’s (Electronic Logging Devices) were installed in trucks all across the U.S., it was expected that the number of accidents caused by sleepy drivers would decrease in number. And while they may have when you study the big picture, the fact is, we are still hearing reports of tragic accidents occurring involving truck drivers who fell asleep at the wheel.
Just a few hours ago, WSB-TV reported that a tractor-trailer truck was involved in a wreck on I-75 in the northbound lanes near Wade Green Road in Acworth. Cobb County police stated that it appears the driver fell asleep at the wheel and drifted off the roadway. The truck collided with a guardrail, “then scraped along the concrete barricades before crashing through the metal guardrail and into sound walls.”
The truck driver was ejected from the cab and had to be rushed by emergency medics to WellStar Kennestone Hospital. He was said to be in critical condition, however, the news source later reported that was expected to be OK. A NewsChopper2 flew over the accident scene, showing the tractor-trailer tipped on its side and the road and sound barrier severely damaged. The source noted that the northbound lanes just past Wade Green Road in Acworth were shut down for the entire morning during rush hour.
Officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation stated that the barriers would be replaced and that the “crash will not delay the current timeline for the I-75 Express Lane Project.”
Minivan Carrying Family of 7 Collides with Pickup Truck on Ga. 400
Earlier in the month of July, another unfortunate accident took place. Four individuals had to be taken to North Fulton Hospital after a minivan struck a pickup truck broadside at the intersection of Ga. 400 at Martin Road. Seven family members had been traveling in the minivan, headed back to their home in Alabama from their vacation when the incident occurred. Four adult occupants from the minivan sustained injuries, one who was said to have suffered critical traumatic injuries. The other three listed as being in stable condition.
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Forsyth County News highlighted that the driver of the minivan was not injured and the pickup truck driver declined treatment. After the incident, the fire department brought replacement seats for the children who had been traveling in the minivan so that they could safely leave the scene as theirs were unable to be used after the collision. The Georgia State Patrol was also working to help the family settle somewhere while some of their loved ones remained in the hospital. Officials said that whether they had to place the family in the hospital, fire station, or even at the sheriff’s precinct, they wanted to be sure that the family stayed together.
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