Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys Discuss Chain-Reaction Pileup
Around 2 p.m. on Interstate 75 Sunday afternoon, a 16-car pileup left several people injured and backed up traffic for several miles. The accident occurred in Bartow County, GA. According to WSB-TV2 in Atlanta, heavy rain may have been the cause of the pileup. Sixteen cars slammed into each other during the rainstorm. The accident occurred in the southbound lanes of I-75 on Allatoona Lake Bridge. The crash brought traffic to a halt for four hours. Traffic heading northbound slowed considerably as well, probably due to the curiosity factor of the accident scene.
Law enforcement officers and other first responders had a tough time getting to the crash scene. Inexplicably, first responders found all lane of traffic including emergency lanes blocked off. Blocking of the lanes substantially slowed the response from law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical personnel. Ten people suffered injuries in the wreck and required transportation to local hospitals. Thankfully, none of the people transported had life-threatening injuries.
Law enforcement officers informed television reporters that many of the license plates of the cars involved in the pileup are from out-of-state. Considering the heavy rain that fell in the area on Sunday afternoon, the out-of-state drivers may have been unfamiliar with the area and could have contributed to the accident. However, the cause of the crash remained under investigation with the Georgia State Patrol.
Video shot at the scene of the crash shows many vehicles with substantial damage to the front and back ends of the vehicles. Among the vehicles involved were three tractor trailers, cars, vans, and SUVs. Those involved in the crash were lucky that people did not suffer more significant injuries or was killed in the wreck.
The southbound stretch of I-75 closed because of this crash re-opened after four hours. By 6:10, according to news video, traffic was moving again in both directions.
The resilience commuters in the Atlanta area have displayed will be stretched to the limit again on Tuesday. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) issued a warning to the public that it will close the Piedmont Road at I-85 from 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25 and will re-open the road at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26.
GDOT announced that they must close Piedmont Road at the site of the I-85 bridge collapse to permit workers and equipment to move about freely while they set beams in place. The road closure will also serve to protect motorists from any safety hazards commensurate with the project. However, the road closure will increase the volume of traffic as commuters try to find a way around Piedmont. GDOT authorities said that the Buford-Spring Connector would be open, but the access ramp from Piedmont Road to the Buford-Spring Connector must be closed during that 24-hour time frame. GDOT recommends planning an alternate route of travel around the closed lanes. Additionally, GDOT cautions drivers to slow down and take their time when traversing work zones.
Despite having to close the Piedmont for 24 hours, the GDOT stated publically that the people who run the agency are very happy with the progress of the I-85 reconstruction process. GDOT continues to focus on re-opening I-85 by June 15, 2017, and are committed to making that deadline. Installing the beams ism another "milestone" in the long road to completion of the project.
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