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Crash Reported on Interstate 20 in Thomson, Georgia (GA)


July 20, 2020

THOMSON, GA- Wrdw.com writes that a crash led to the authorities closing an eastbound lane of Interstate 20 this week. The incident reportedly involved two trucks, one of which was a semi. The incident blocked the right lane of eastbound traffic close to a construction site.*

The wreckage was cleared by the late evening. Reports did not state whether the collision led to injuries. 

In Georgia, the Towing and Recovery Incentive Program (TRIP) is working to reduce the amount of time towing companies take to move the debris and wreckage after a truck crash. Under TRIP, towing companies receive a bonus for removing truck crashes in under 90 minutes. Since implementing the program, the average time to clear a truck crash dropped from 216 minutes to 42. 

While the program has led to millions in bonuses for companies, however, studies indicate that the payout makes the program well worthwhile. In fact, for each dollar invested, the program saves the state an average of eleven dollars. 

Around Atlanta, where there is a lot of truck traffic, car crashes cause about half of the road congestion.  

The program began in the area around Atlanta but then spread to other parts of the state.

Clearing the scene of a crash also helps prevent secondary crashes. In fact, more than nine percent of crashes are secondary to earlier incidents, and some are tertiary. The longer that it takes to clear up the scene of a wreck, the greater the risk is of being in a collision. Studies find that there was a one percentage point increase for every two minutes or three minutes extra that it requires to clear a site. 

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Sources:

https://www.wrdw.com/2020/07/10/right-lane-blocked-at-crash-on-i-20-eastbound-in-mcduffie-county/

https://www.11alive.com/article/news/cash-incentives-improve-crash-clear-times/463310692

https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/gdot-tackles-truck-accidents-metro-atlanta-highways/ZXuwYCvFpBb9aaJihOixjL/

http://people.virginia.edu/~njg2q/secondary.pdf

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