Tragic Logging Truck Crash on Interstate 985 Kills One
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA- Ajc.com writes that a crash involving a logging truck killed one person this week on Interstate 985. The crash occurred in the early morning when the victim's vehicle and the truck collided close to Buford Drive.*
Reports indicate that the victim, identified as a 45-year-old man from Gainesville, was traveling northbound when he struck the rear of the logging truck. The truck driver said that he had pulled onto the shoulder of the interstate because of a problem with his equipment. After resolving the issue, the trucker pulled back onto the interstate in front of the victim's car.
The man died at the scene of the crash.
Police shut down the northbound lanes for over an hour while investigating the collision.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) writes that the number of fatal crashes dropped in 2018 by about 1,000. While the decline in deaths of about 2.4 percent is a positive sign of improving safety, 36,560 people were still killed in car crashes last year.
Deaths involving children under the age of fourteen dropped by about ten percent. Speeding-related fatal crashes declined by about six percent. Motorcycle deaths dropped about five percent. The news is not all positive, though, and certain types of fatal crashes increased. More drivers in large trucks died in 2018 than in 2017, and cyclist and pedestrian fatalities also increased.
Early numbers from 2019 indicate that deaths are continuing to drop. However, the traffic-related death toll in the United States remains high, and the NHTSA writes that we need to continue efforts to make the roads safer. Safe driving is everyone's responsibility.
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