Woman Dies in Tragic Crash With Semi Transporting Boulders in Cherokee County, Georgia (GA)
CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA- Ajc.com writes that a woman was killed this week in a horrible wreck after a semi-truck carrying a load of boulders passed through a red traffic signal and collided with her SUV.*
Reports indicate that the incident occurred in the morning in Sutallee at the intersection of GA 108 and Knox Bridge Highway. Witnesses at the scene of the crash informed investigators that the tractor-trailer was heading eastbound on GA 108 when it went through a red light. The victim’s SUV was turning onto the highway off of Upper Sweetwater Trail when the truck collided with her vehicle.
Responders rushed the 62-year-old Sutallee woman to the Northside Hospital Cherokee. The woman died a short while later from the injuries she suffered in the wreck. The 68-year-old Tennessee man operating the truck did not suffer injuries as a result of the crash. Law enforcement shut down the highway for several hours as they investigated and cleared the scene. No charges have been filed at this time.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), trucks weigh about twenty or 30 times that of smaller passenger cars. Because of the enormous disparity in weight and size, the victims of most crashes involving large trucks are people in smaller vehicles. Large trucks are also less capable of braking quickly than are smaller vehicles. A large truck will travel much further than passenger cars, especially on wet pavement. Many crashes involving these large vehicles are also the result of defective equipment. The most common defect involves the brakes, which were not functioning properly in 56 percent of large trucks that were involved in wrecks.
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