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Driver in Tanker Truck and Woman in Car Die in Crash on Interstate 85 in Atlanta

February 10, 2020

ATLANTA, GA- writes that a devastating collision occurred on Interstate 85 in Atlanta over the weekend. The horrific wreck led to a massive fire and killed two motorists. Police were called to the scene in the morning after reports came in regarding a crash in the northbound lanes of the interstate. One of the vehicles involved was a large tanker truck that was transporting 8,500 gallons of fuel.*

Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang or explosion and stated that the truck and another vehicle then rapidly caught fire. A woman in a Volkswagen Passat had stopped because of a crash with another vehicle. The large truck then failed to stop in time to avoid striking the Passat. Police identified the female victim as a 31-year-old woman from Norcross. The driver in the truck was a 44-year-old man from Snellville. Both lanes remained closed for several hours while workers tried to clear the scene. 

Crashes involving large trucks are often extremely severe and deadly. When passenger cars and large trucks collide, the results are, not surprisingly, devastating. These massive vehicles outweigh passenger vehicles by anywhere from 20 to 30 times. While vehicle occupant deaths dropped in 2018, the number of deadly collisions involving large trucks increased. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that passenger vehicle occupants are likely dying in lower numbers thanks to safer cars. Technology that helps prevent crashes from occurring in the first place is helping to decrease fatalities. Safety experts hope that newer models of trucks will also be capable of decreasing crashes from occurring and further reduce the number of crash-related deaths around the United States each year. 

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