Crash in Spalding County Involving Police Vehicle and Truck Hospitalizes One
SPALDING COUNTY, GA- 11alive.com writes that a truck driver has been sent to the hospital via helicopter after a crash that involved a police patrol vehicle and the victim’s semi. The incident occurred on Interstate 75 this week during the evening and caused delays overnight and into the next morning. The officer attempted to make a wide U-turn and entered the middle lane. The semi was traveling in the same lane and collided with the passenger side of the vehicle.*
The police car then spun into a guardrail while the truck veered into the left lane and overturned on the median. The officer driving the vehicle, and a passenger in the patrol car survived the incident. Responders transported both individuals to the Piedmont Henry Hospital.
The driver operating the truck was then taken via airlift, which indicates that his injuries were likely severe. Reports did not include details regarding the extent of the injuries. The authorities required wreckers to help clear the highway and open lanes for traffic again. The incident is still being investigated.
U-turns are often permitted, but only if they can be completed safety given the traffic in the area. In some instances, police and other officials have the right to make U-turns where most drivers cannot. The reason these turns are often risky is that they involve a driver entering the opposite moving lanes of traffic and often at a sharp turn. It can be difficult to judge how much space there is to complete a U-turn, and drivers may veer too wide and cross over lanes. Additionally, drivers may take more time than they realize they needed, meaning cars may approach before the driver can pick up speed.
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Sources:https://www.11alive.com/article/traffic/spalding-county-accident-i75/85-7b5238a3-4bc4-48c6-94fd-b649ace1f5c8 and https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/traffic/rules-of-the-road/article148900869.html
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