Secondary Collision Involving Firetruck Reported in Henry County
HENRY COUNTY, GA- 11alive.com writes that a car struck a fire truck that was on the scene of an earlier collision in Henry County. The first incident occurred in the evening on Interstate 75 and involved two passenger cars and a pickup truck.Responders arrived on the scene of the earlier incident when a secondary crash threatened the safety of the officers and firefighters working to help the earlier victims. *
According to the Georgia State Patrol, a driver in a Lexus SUV changed lanes improperly, and a tractor-trailer collided with the SUV. The force of the semi striking the SUV pushed the smaller vehicle into a firetruck. The first crash caused three injuries. The secondary collision injured one individual, but no details were released regarding the injured person in that crash or their condition.
When police and other first responders arrive on the scene of a collision, they must block traffic in order to provide emergency medical care to any victims and clear the roadway. Responding to a crash scene is extremely dangerous for first responders as they will frequently be working close to high-speed traffic. Drivers must give space to responders. Pursuant to Georgia law, motorists passing the scene of a crash should move over to a lane farther from the scene, and if that is not possible, slow down and use caution.
Although it might be tempting to look at the scene of the earlier crash, it is important to note that doing so can also be dangerous. When looking at the aftermath of a wreck, a driver will not be looking at the road ahead. This can lead to a secondary collision.
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Sources:https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/mcdonough/i-75-accident-near-mcdonough/85-b20a84b6-18da-4fae-b3f3-4973340a071c and https://www.gahighwaysafety.org/highway-safety/move-over-law/ and https://www.progressive.com/lifelanes/on-the-road/auto-rubbernecking/
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