Crash on Interstate 75 Injures Five in Henry County, Georgia (GA)
HENRY COUNTY, GA- Ajc.com writes that a crash took place in Henry County, Georgia, this week that left five people with injuries and closed Interstate 75 for several hours. Police reports indicate that three vehicles were involved in the collision and that some of the victims suffered critical injuries in the wreck.*
Three of the victims were transported to the Grady Memorial Hospital while the other two were rushed to the Piedmont Henry Hospital. Two of the three involved cars ignited following the impact. Reports of a “massive fire” in the area came in during the morning, with witnesses describing scenes of heavy black smoke at the site of the collision. By late morning, one lane was reopened, followed by a second lane. The cleanup operation continued into the afternoon, causing traffic delays that stretched back to Stockbridge.
Georgia lost 1,507 people in car crashes in 2019. Officials in the state point out that drivers are responsible for the vast majority of these collisions and the resulting deaths. The Georgia Department of Transportation states that 76 percent of crash deaths are caused by driver behaviors that include distractions, drunk driving, and speeding.
GDOT states that vehicle occupants in the state must use their seatbelts. Sadly, 60 percent of the crash victims in the state did not have their seatbelts on at the time of their death.
In order to lower the risk of being killed in a car crash, GDOT also states that drivers should put their phones down and avoid distractions. Never text while driving, and consider even turning the device off to avoid any temptation to check messages while behind the wheel. Of course, never drive while drunk or drowsy as doing so puts everyone on the road at risk of harm.
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