Interstate 75 Collisions Cause Traffic Congestion in Macon, Georgia
MACON, GA- Wgxa.com writes that two crashes occurred within one hour on Interstate 75 in Macon earlier this week. The back to back wrecks led to long delays for traffic on the busy roadway during the evening commute.*
A northbound semi-truck overturned in the first of the accidents. The driver survived the accident and spoke to reporters. He said he needs to be more careful on the stretch of road, but he is lucky to still be alive. About 45 minutes later, a second truck drove off the side of the southbound lanes of the interstate and into a trench. The authorities shut down both lanes of traffic while they cleared the scene.
Large trucks can be unwieldy and difficult to operate. In some instances, roads with tight curves and sharp turns can create problems for truck drivers. Because of the mass of semi-trucks, drivers also cannot react well to emergencies because stopping short and swerving are often not possible. If another driver cuts off a truck, it may be impossible for the truck driver to avoid a collision.
Most fatal large truck accidents involve people in smaller passenger vehicles. Drivers who operate long haul trucks often are on the road for extended amounts of time, and are permitted to travel for stretches of up to eleven hours a day. Sitting behind the wheel for such extended amounts of time can mean fatigue will set in, and drivers may not be alert.
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