Two People Severely Injured After Being Struck by Vehicle After Car Crash in Cobb County, Georgia
COBB COUNTY, GA- Ajc.com writes that two people who were involved in a car crash suffered serious injuries when another driver struck them while they were waiting for first responders. The two victims were drivers who had just been involved in a small accident.*
The motorists were both standing outside of their cars when a pickup truck crashed into one of the disabled vehicles pushing the car into the two people. According to the Marietta Police, the incident occurred in the later evening. The initial crash took place between a 2008 Buick Enclave driven by a 51-year-old man and a 2011 BMW driven by a 25-year-old woman. The drivers both reported injuries after the initial crash.
The two vehicles were disabled in the intersection, and there was low visibility due to the time of night. A 21-year-old man was driving the Nissan pickup truck when it collided with the disabled BMW. The BMW hit both of the drivers from the first crash. The Nissan then struck a Ford Explorer that was passing through the intersection and heading north.
Responders transported both of the original victims to the WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where they are being treated for severe, life-threatening injuries. Police stated that the investigation is still ongoing and are requesting that anyone who witnessed any part of the incident contact the Marietta Police Department.
Secondary crashes are common and pose a number of risks to people involved. Even when drivers do not exit their vehicles following a crash, the safety features available in a car may have been impaired by the first impact. Airbags, for instance, may have deployed already and will not be able to protect drivers when they are struck a second time- with the exception of some newer models of vehicles.
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Sources:https://www.ajc.com/news/breaking-news/struck-car-seriously-injured-while-waiting-for-help-after-marietta-wreck/gQNKBjsdr91TIxZANJSqWN/amp.html and https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022437514000383 and https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/new-airbags-accidents-crash-safety-ratings/
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