Severe Crash in Athens, Georgia Causes Road Closures
ATHENS, GA- 11alive.com writes that every collision occurred in the eastbound lanes of Atlanta Highway. Two vehicles were involved in the crash, and the images show a truck that crashed onto its roof that appears to have struck a utility pole. The other car suffered extreme damage on its front, especially on the driver’s side.*
Reports indicate that two people suffered injuries in the incident. Responders brought the two victims to a nearby hospital. The identities and conditions of the injured persons have not yet been reported. While the roads are wet because of current rainstorms, it is not yet clear whether or not this is the cause of the crash. The authorities are stating that drivers should be careful on the slick roads.
Georgia has been taking steps to reduce the number of collisions in the city. The state banned the use of handheld electronics in an effort to combat distracted driving in the state. In 2018, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reported a decline in vehicle occupant fatalities in Georgia. As compared to 2017, the total number dropped by more than two percent. The total number of people killed on the state’s roads was 1,504. Clearly, with over 1,500 people losing their lives in preventable crashes in one year, the state has a long way to go when it comes to road safety. However, officials are encouraged by indications that the number of fatalities is dropping rather than on the rise.
A similar trend occurred on the national level with a decline of just over two percent in crash-related deaths.
Sadly, the number of pedestrian crashes still continues to increase each year. Again, officials believe this is in part because of distractions caused by the use of cellphones.
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